The Key to A Happy Life

Jillian Cooke

Originally a Master's thesis, the text explores the meaning of contemplation and action in the writings of St. Maximilian, and concludes that lived together they make one holy, and holy means happy! 


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Jillian Cooke is a Fr. Kolbe Missionary of the Immaculata. She studied this topic for more than ten years before writing her thesis and is pleased to offer this work to everyone! Jillian has a Masters in Theology (Doctrinal) and a Masters in Pastoral Ministry. She received her undergraduate degree from Thomas Aquinas College. Now a missionary for 10+ years, her passion for the writings of St. Maximilian and his spiritual legacy has only grown more intense, as she is convinced that living out the consecration to Mary - the teachings of Fr. Kolbe, this thesis - will truly lead to a holy, and therefore happy, life. 


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There’s a prayer I pray daily with a line in it that took me a long time to begin to understand: Passion of Christ, my comfort be. My logic was that the passion of the Lord was a sad event where Jesus was crushed because of my sins. I didn’t see the comfort in knowing that I was responsible for his suffering. Perhaps some people think that way about today’s memorial: Our Lady of Sorrows. After all, it’s the story of a Mother that suffered her entire motherhood in deep ways. Yet, it brings solace to many.

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