In this video series, Fr. Robert Spitzer, S.J. explores happiness in the revealing light of human transcendence and immortality. Beginning with the commonly held principle that different forms of happiness correspond to different fundamental human desires, Fr. Spitzer guides viewers through four distinct but related sources of happiness (pleasure, achievement, contribution, transcendence), showing how they form a hierarchy and explaining why only the highest level (transcendent happiness) will ultimately fulfill us.
Along the way he presents riveting evidence for our spiritual nature from philosophy, psychology, and contemporary studies of near-death experiences and the resurrection of Jesus Christ. This is followed by an investigation into the mystery of suffering that begins with the parable of the Father of the Prodigal Son.
Fr. Spitzer explains why an unconditionally loving God would allow suffering and also offers guidance on how to suffer well.
Happiness, Suffering and the Love of God – Workbook
These two go together like ham and eggs. The Workbooks are designed for use with the videos. They will help with understanding and retention. In addition, they will become a resource for years to come.