What is God, dear happiness and peace

30 quotes from Adolph Kolping on the subject of "happiness"


There can be nothing more serious and important than establishing a direction in life; Everything, everything depends on it, man's happiness and unhappiness, his well-being, his whole salary and the status of the whole human society, as well as the fulfillment of a profession that goes beyond all this - I mean the determination to an eternal bliss . If the first throw is wrong, if you see life from the wrong side, if you put the less important after the important or if you only act in the way that sensuality drives people, a lot, mostly everything, is lost.

(KS 2, p. 7f.)


Man has free will, can, should and must work his salvation if he wants to be happy here and there.

(KS 1, p.120)


Man is the creator of his happiness, not his greatness, because heaven determines that, but his worth in the eyes of God and man.

(KS 2, p. 30)


Remember your destiny, my Christian, whoever you may be. Therefore pause for a while on your well-trodden path in life. Think of your destiny, look forward, where you are striving, look back, where you come from, look at yourself, what is it with you, what are you, what are you supposed to be, what do you want? See, you walk daily on the way between your cradle and your grave, surrounded by truth and lies, now by hate, now driven by love, now master, now servant, now both together, swaying up and down in the changeful life of happiness and misfortune, in sorrow and joy, in good and bad, as day and night drive away and awaken you to life now in the light, now in darkness to sink you into death-like sleep. Hold on, my Christian, stand still for a while, let the turbulent life pass you by, so that your heart becomes calmer and your mind prepares itself for more serious reflection.

(KS 9, p.4)


But man becomes happy when, satisfied with the position that God has given him, he fills the place with honor and faithfulness which providence has assigned him, when he zealously strives to be and become capable of what he is should be and become.

(KS 3, p.66)


Without a strong, living Christianity, there is nothing and will be nothing with humans. Without a good Christianity there is no strong hold in life, no true contentment, no real virtue, no lasting righteousness, without living Christianity no happiness. Christianity is the actually healthy force in life; where it is lacking, life is sick.

(KS 3, p.67)


The people's happiness rests on personal efficiency, religious and civic virtue, their future on a capable youth, nowhere else. Humanity is not a dead mass that can be transformed with experiments; slowly and steadily it goes to ruin with her, slowly and steadily it can only go for the better.

(KS 3, p.112)


Being able to be grateful is also blissful happiness.

(KS 2, p. 161)


The salvation of the human race begins with the family, with the marriage, with the wedding - not in popular assemblies and in the public market of the world, but in the domestic hearth, not in the lecture halls of the worldly wise men, not in the workshops of the artists, not in the workroom of the ingenious inventor, not in the military camp, not in the verbal battle of the public debate, least of all in the hunted down and driven hunt of the press. ... The redemption of people begins with the restoration of the most sacred, tender, venerable and dearest bond that ties people to people on earth, with the restoration of the family bond. ... The healing begins and has to begin with the family, because the family is the cradle of humanity, because the family is the primary educator of humanity. There is no earthly happiness, which basically outweighs true family happiness, and no earthly unhappiness, which could be compared to family misfortune.

(KS 3, p.136f.)


The Lord God has the fourth commandment, the family commandment, at the forefront of all human, i.e. H. social commandments because by observing it and keeping it holy, not only is it given the happiness of humanity, its welfare, its blessed existence, but also the guarantee of keeping the other commandments holy.

(KS 3, p.137)


What is it that connects the family so closely, what the fresh and happy life communicates to them, what makes them venerable in happiness and comforting in disaster? This is her soul, this is love.

(KS 3, p.138)


If we could work towards the fact that the families are or become what God wants them to be again, then we would have mainly saved humanity, society, banished thousands of the most sensitive sufferings from the world, immeasurable complaints suffocated and bent over from them, dried rivers of tears or made them impossible, immeasurably good luck brought about for the present and the future. If our family life were what it should and must be, then there would be good people again with whom we could achieve something good.

(KS 3, p.151)


Love that has become mad is one that only recognizes itself, that only wants to have its own desires satisfied, that only wants to have and enjoy and therefore basically only believes in itself, hopes for itself and loves itself. However, she sees and knows nothing other than the object of her so-called love, and indeed she does not strive to make it truly happy, but only to have it and enjoy it. It is actually idolatry, to put it mildly, a disease of the heart, but unfortunately it is often fatal.

(KS 3, p.186)


The soul comes from God and is destined for eternal happiness with God; that is the first fundamental truth on which the whole of human life rests, which alone gives it right meaning and understanding.

(KS 3, p.215f.)


Human happiness does not lie in money and goods, but in a heart that has true love and contentment.

(KS 3, p.267)


God did not give man the space of the earth and the time of earthly life, the powers of the spirit and body together with his grace, not because he did everything alone, but because man helped create and work and the purposes help achieve, for whom God put him in the world. We are not made to sleep, but to work; not for eating and drinking, but for using the strengths acquired thereby, and happiness or unhappiness is, as it were, placed in our own hands, for as we do it, so it will be for us.

(KS 3, p.281)


I am not infected by the delusion, as if one could make all people happy or even convert through some human institution, even if it were the most intelligent in the world, because even divine Christianity does not convert all people, simply because it does not want to get too close to human freedom.

(KS 3, p.283)


Domestic virtue and civic virtue are not merely related, but basically one and the same. Domestic happiness and civic happiness, prosperity of families and prosperity of the community are the different names of one and the same thing.

(KS 3, p.305)


The sufferings in life were still worth more to me than all mere external happiness, than all fame, etc. They boiled me softer and taught me pity, and therefore: Thank God also for the sufferings.

(KS 2, p. 184)


The human heart is arranged by the Creator in such a way that it has to love, i.e. that it has to surrender to something that it is not itself. The human heart cannot do without this surrender if it wants to be happy otherwise; because love cannot and does not want to be alone.

(KS 9, p.289)


Love, which is renewed every day, because it works for one another every day, is the spice of family life; This love active for one another, through which one seeks happiness in the other's happiness, gives, to use the expression, conjugal life, i.e. the family, that strange elasticity that carries through all the troubles of life and with each new day connects family members closer and stronger.

(KS 4, p.254)


Happiness and blessings are a couple of such delicate, mysterious gifts from God, such a peculiar treasure in life that one can neither buy them with money nor study them with scholarship.

(VK 1862, p. 5)


Time is an important pledge in man's hand, a treasure entrusted to him, comparable to the fertile seed that man should spread and cultivate for time and eternity. Every lost or spoiled time is basically a sacrilege against short-term existence, against true happiness, against real and therefore everlasting happiness.

(KS 5, p.219)


All the suffering that is lamented in the world today also comes from the fact that people have turned too much away from God and his commandments and are now looking for happiness, freedom and peace in a foolish misunderstanding, as they do on the Soils of unbelief and godlessness simply cannot grow and prosper.

(VK 1863, p. 5)


Most of the good that has been bestowed on man is linked to those who surrounded his first childhood; the first harmless joys, the first happy life of his innermost heart goes back to the earliest days of his life. Coming from a well-behaved and honorable, albeit small and poor family, is the greatest happiness for a person and an honorary diploma for all of his future life. The later world can only maintain and promote what a good upbringing has already given man in the bud, but it can no longer originally give him what he must have received from home.

(KS 5, p.356f.)


It is human nature to hide self-inflicted suffering from the world. Man is not afraid to reveal external, through no fault of his own suffering, it creates strange pity for him, but the self-inflicted suffering ... he hides as best he can; and so it happens that a great deal of suffering and misfortune is kept secret from the world and carried around in a bitter and sour heart.

(KS 5, p.357f.)


The happiness of marriage does not depend on wealth and prosperity! Whether good or bad clothes, whether fine or coarse food, is at last basically the same; wealth in itself is not real happiness. The happiness of the family, however, is real happiness, and that is why all people are equal to one another on this point after a wonderful arrangement of divine providence.

(KS 5, p.358)


After all, man was not created for torment and despair, but for bliss; bad enough when man condemns himself to torment and despair.

(KS 5, p.365)



It is a truth preached a thousand times, experience confirms it every day, it preaches the whole history of mankind, as it were, always from the rooftops: without God nothing gets better and without God there is no peace and no happiness!

(KS 5, p.366)


God alone does not want to be in this world either, who makes everything better and brings happiness. He did not create man as a will-less tool, but rather equipped it according to his image and likeness, i.e. with powers and means that man should use honestly and conscientiously so that they serve him for salvation. Yes, God does it better, but human participation is part of it. You can even turn it around and say, if man does it better with divine help, then it will get better. God gives happiness, but man has to seize it, achieve it, earn it. Nothing good comes of its own accord, and happiness is not given out for free, does not fall from the sky easily.

(KS 5, p.366)