Feast of St Anthimus, Bishop of Nicomedia
Happiness and Contemplation by Josef Pieper; introduction by Ralph McInerny
IN THE "EIGHTH day,” says St. Augustine, we shall rest and see, see and love, love and praise. In this world of shadows, that trajectory still holds; leisure (rest) makes possible contemplation (seeing) in which is found a foretaste of our only lasting happiness (love and praise). Ten years after the publication of Leisure (currently out of print), Pieper outlines here the fruit of leisure. Though his discussion of joy as distinguished from happiness lacks something (our love of Lewis betrays us), there are few who can explore the fundamental elements of human being more lucidly than Pieper—perhaps because Pieper was convinced of the “divine meaning underlying all things . . . one who catches a glimpse of it ‘sees’ that this and all things are ‘good’ beyond all comprehension; and seeing this, he his happy. Here in sum is the whole doctrine of contemplation of earthly creation.”
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