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If he was not flesh, whom did Mary breastfeed? If he was not God, whom did the shepherds worship?
Pleasure is exciting. Happiness is transcendent. More importantly, pleasure is dopamine. And happiness is serotonin.
“Pleasures” are those things which give pleasure (ηδονή) and sweeten our lives. They are dual, like our human nature.
Here’s where our intuitive response is really wrong: we have a tendency to indulge our pleasures without respite, and to take frequent breaks from those things that make us miserable. This is exactly backwards…
Unbeaten by rain, unbeaten by wind, unbowed by the snow and the summer heat…
“By the waters of Babylon…” is not a typical psalm of peace and praise to God… How and why does the Church use this hymn in worship?
If anyone be devout and love God, let him commence this radiant fast with joy!