God’s Great Commandments (Part 2)

In my last post I began discussing how St. Matthew’s gospel verses regarding God’s command to love God with your whole mind, soul, and heart is the road to happiness in the next life. Traveling this road to eternal happiness is made possible by the three theological virtues of Faith, Hope, and Charity. And if the grace of Charity is received then the two previous virtues of Faith and Hope fall away and only Charity remains.

What about achieving happiness in this life. Well, the same St. Matthew’s gospel verses mention that God’s second command is to love your neighbor as yourself. This second command is the road to happiness in this life. Traveling this road is made possible by the cardinal virtues of Wisdom, Courage, Temperance, and Justice. And if the virtue of Justice is earned, then the three previous virtues of Wisdom, Courage, and Temperance fall away and only Justice remains.

The virtue of Justice is not meant to be thought of in a legal sense but in terms of caring for others or helping others to flourish. In fact, if you alter the second command of “love your neighbor as yourself” and instead have it read as “help your neighbor to flourish” then you have the road to happiness in this life as expressed in my book.

So there you have it: God’s command to love God is the road to happiness in the next life, and the command to love your neighbor is the road to happiness in this life. Taken together, you have the Road to Twofold Happiness. What could not be any clearer: God wants us to find our own happiness and his two commands give us the proper road to proper happiness.

 

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