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Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
Happiness. Everybody in our society seems to be seeking it. Yet very few seem to find it. So where is true happiness to be found? With confidence, we can answer in just four words: Life with Jesus Christ. But how do we best embrace that happiness in our own lives? And how do we share that beautiful truth with others?
To help answer those questions, I would like to invite you to join me, and thousands of others from across our great diocese, at a half-day presentation on The Four Levels of Happiness® by the Spitzer Center ®. In the coming weeks, they will be hosting the seminar at our four regional high schools: Lansing; Jackson; Ann Arbor and Flint. Hundreds of our priests and parish leaders have already benefitted from The Four Levels of Happiness. Now it’s your opportunity. Don’t miss out.
As the Saint Augustine of Hippo observed: “You have made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds rest in thee”. Together, let us learn how to better live that truth and share it with others as communities of missionary disciples.
Yours in Christ Our Lord,
+ Earl Boyea
Bishop of Lansing
“It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness.
It is Jesus who stirs in you the desire to do something great with your lives.“
- St. John Paul II
Augustine – We all want to live happily; in the whole human race there is no one who does not assent to this proposition, even before it is fully articulated.
Aquinas – Man cannot live without joy.
Aristotle – Happiness is the meaning and purpose of life, the whole aim and end of human existence.
(The same presentation will be given on each of these days.)
“It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness; He is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you; He is the beauty to which you are so attracted; it is He who provoked you with that thirst for fullness that will not let you settle for compromise; it is He who urges you to shed the masks of a false life; it is He who reads in your heart your most genuine choices, the choices that others try to stifle.
It is Jesus who stirs in you the desire to do something great with your lives, the will to follow an ideal, the refusal to allow yourselves to be ground down by mediocrity, the courage to commit yourselves humbly and patiently to improving yourselves and society, making the world more human and more fraternal.”
Bishop Earl Boyea was installed as Lansing's fifth bishop of Lansing on April 29, 2008. The oldest of ten children, he was raised in Waterford, Michigan and studied at Sacred Heart Seminary High School and College and subsequently at the Pontifical North American College and Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 20, 1978.
James Berlucchi helped co-found the Spitzer Center which he oversees in Ann Arbor, Michigan. An educator, executive coach, speaker and author, he has partnered with Fr. Spitzer to produce the entire curricula. As the lead presenter of the Spitzer programs, he has worked with scores of leadership teams and staffs in dioceses, parishes, schools, hospitals and apostolates across the U.S.
Craig Pohl is the Director of the Office of New Evangelization for the Diocese of Lansing. He has been married to his wife, Allison, for eight years and they have five children. Their home parish is St. Mary, Westphalia. Craig has been involved in evangelization and Catholic ministry in various capacities for over 20 years and is known primarily for his passion for spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ. He is also one of the hosts of The Armchair Catholic podcast. A podcast for the everyday Catholic.
Fr. Robert Spitzer, S.J., Ph.D., is the founder and president of the Spitzer Center. A scholar, teacher, author, and seasoned leader, Fr. Spitzer is a pre-eminently a theologian and philosopher. His other fields of expertise, however, include management science, finance, ethics, and physics. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1952, Fr. Spitzer entered the Society of Jesus in 1974, was ordained a priest on June 11, 1983, and took final vows April 4, 1992.
Fr. Robert Spitzer will join us via video conference.