A Catholic Monthly Magazine

Thursday 25 September

Eccles 1: 2-11; Psalm 90; Luke 9:7-9

Curse the Fall

The theme of the Book of Ecclesiastes is vanity in its original sense of emptiness or frustration. Because of the Fall, no matter what we do to be happy, sooner or later it let’s us down. Nothing gives us lasting fulfillment. After vigorously stating its theme five times, the Book goes on to describe the five major ways people try to be happy and how they all fail us. The reason why is plain enough. We were made for God and nothing less than God can satisfy us. As St Augustine prayed, “You have made us for yourself. O Lord, and our hearts are restless till they rest in you.”

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