7. A Vocation of happiness.

Curso Básico de Formación de Valores del Cubano - English


 Ministerios al Rescate

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       We can begin by asking,  “Is there any person who doesn’t want to be happy?”  Everyone will answer:  NO ONE.  We all want to be happy.  We all have a right to be happy.


We will work in teams:


Each one will think of someone who is completely happy, and at the same time, why they are so.


After that, they will think of a person who is unhappy, and why they are so.  You will present these to your team and you will discuss what produces happiness or unhappiness.  You will take this reflection to the group.


Later they will answer these questions:


--What is necessary to be happy?  Is it to own many things, to receive a large salary, to have elegant clothes, or a good car, etc.?


--Can you be happy without these things or lacking some of them?


--Is a person with many things necessarily happy?  Why yes, or why no?


In the group setting you present the first examples and later the answers to the questions and you develop a reflection.


At the end, you can remind them of the example of the Chinese widow.  She was happy and had nothing, but took care of others.  This is the key to true happiness.


From a spiritual or evangelical point of view, Jesus presents us with the Beautitudes which are totally opposed to the way in which the world presents us happiness.  It is not the rich who are happy, nor the powerful, nor the ones who suffer, but the poor, the tame, those who struggle for peace, those who are persecuted by justice, those who are merciful and who know how to forgive.


Let us think about all the people who suffer in this world.  Let us try to dedicate some of our time and thoughts to help them or make things better for them.  Let us not do to others what we do not want done to us.  Let us treat others in the manner that we would like to be treated ourselves.