• Michael Haldas

Contentment


“There is a popular heresy abroad today which states that if a little is good, more is better. Following this dictum creates a life which is never fulfilling. Even while you are engaged in one rich experience, you are looking about for another. There is no contentment because future plans are always intruding on the present.” (Robert A. Johnson)

“True contentment begins as a holy discontentment, a longing planted in our hearts by God Himself." (Marsha Crockett)

“Discontentment can be a gift if you recognize it for what it is. God is calling all of us to Himself and often recognizing the call begins with some sort of discontentment about some aspect of our lives. Discontentment can be the spark that lights the flame that eventually makes us on fire for God; or it can be the spark that lights the flame that leads us to seek increasing fulfillment in all of the wrong things until we consume ourselves in self desire.” (Sacramental Living Blog)

“Knowledge of the disposition of the heart is the fruit of nepsis (vigilance) and watchfulness, consistently counseled by the spiritual fathers. Once again, true repentance points toward the future...a tolerant society is not necessarily a just one. Men may smile at their neighbors without loving them and decline to judge their fellow citizens’ beliefs out of a broader indifference to their fate. An ego that’s never wounded, never trammeled or traduced—and that’s taught to regard its deepest impulses as the promptings of the divine spirit—can easily turn out to be an ego that never learns sympathy, compassion, or real wisdom. And when contentment becomes an end unto itself, the way that human contents express themselves can look an awful lot like vanity and decadence.” (Ross Douthat)

“… there are many people who never attain that much-to-be-desired state of mind called peace and contentment. What is to be done about it? What is the way to find a genuine peace and contentment in life? I have noted that those who have found the most abiding peace and contentment acquired it through religious faith. The amazing thing about these people is that even in the presence of adversity and hardship, they have managed to preserve within their hearts a deep joy and unquenchable delight in living. When you live close to God, believing He watches over you and guides you, and when you earnestly try to do His will, you will get a deep, profound conviction that “Whatever happens, happens for the best.” You have no fear nor anxiety, no petulance with incorrigible conditions, no deep, dark pessimism about the future. You simply have a sublime and trusting faith that in His own way, if you do your part earnestly in sincerity, God will take care of you.” (Rev. Fr. Michael Baroudy)

“People today are turning to diverting mystical movements and drugs to get beyond themselves in search of inner satisfaction and contentment. The actions of today's society clearly reflect the lack of spiritual values, and indicate the need to return to the true concepts of Christianity.” (Rev. George Mastrantonis)

“Often the desire for more or better possessions is really a longing to fill an empty place in a person’s life. To what are you drawn when you feel empty inside? How can you find true contentment? The answer lies in your perspective, your priorities, and your source of power.” (Life Application Study Bible, Philippians 4:12-13)

“Christ said it was difficult for ‘the rich’ to enter the Kingdom of Heaven, referring, no doubt, to ‘riches’ in the ordinary sense. But I think it really covers riches in every sense—good fortune, health, popularity, and all the things one wants to have. All these things tend—just as money tends—to make you feel independent of God, because if you have them you are happy already and contented in this life." (C. S. Lewis)

“content. The word literally means “self-sufficient...true sufficiency is found in the strength of Christ.” (Foundation Study Bible, Philippians 4:11)

“…a life in Christ, can turn defeat into victory; anguish and frustration into healing; resentment into understanding; unhappiness into contentment, and irreconcilable differences into an opportunity for growth and the increased oneness…” (Rev. Fr. Charles Joanides, PH.D., LMFT)

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