#3 Where You Are Going (St. Maximilian’s Unpublished Writings #1270, Vol. II)
But where are you heading to in the course of your life? Every day, every hour, you act, you think, you always say something. To what end? The truth is that you aspire to something, either closer to or farther away. And you strive toward it because you hope that it may bring you a shred of happiness. Such aspiration to happiness is so natural that no man in the world exists who does not crave happiness. For that reason alone, men hoard money, seek glory and pleasures; to find happiness. Is it not true that, in all places and in all things on this earth, you have always looked for happiness until now/? Yet nothing has been quite able to bring full joy to your heart. You have realized that, by setting your goal on earthly happiness, you have always met disappointments; you have come up against boundaries. And you would have wanted something more, something more durable.
Have you not perhaps noticed that any means intended for a given purpose is limited and that its limit lies precisely in the fact that it is ordered to one purpose? The means is valid insofar as it is necessary and sufficient to achieve that purpose. Similarly, even goods are not an end but a means, and you can and ought to use them only as such. Therefore, if you set them as your goal, they will never suffice.
Stop and think about it: When will you ever be completely happy? Let your imagination freely build up for you the castle of happiness that you have dreamed of. Try to imagine all you ever wanted and ask yourself: What if there were more? And if it lasted longer? You will always hear the answer: If you can still strive for something better, that is, if your soul is still not quite satisfied, you have not reached happiness, your purpose. And whatever limit you still need to overcome, it will always be an obstacle to perfect happiness. That means that you desire happiness, but a happiness without limits: infinite, eternal.
Everything in this world is limited, so it would not be enough to satisfy even just one soul. And those who yearn for happiness are as many as the people who live under the sun. Where, then, does our purpose lie?
In nature, we see that all natural drives come to fruition: the eye wishes to see and it does; the ear wishes to hear and it can; the body wishes to be nourished and it can be. How could the keenest and most important desire of the soul, for which only we desire (everybody desires) all the rest, remain unfulfilled?
No, even such desire has its own fulfillment, namely, infinite and eternal God.