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HAPPINESS

Any contentment in the possession of a good. Implies a state of well-being and not some single experience, and a relative permanence and constancy. Hence regularly used in Scripture to describe the lot of those who are blessed by God for doing his will, and the reward of the just for their faithful service on earth. Happiness is a divine gift but requires man's co-operation to be gained.

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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