January 23, 2011 Length: 1:01
Staretz Macarius of Optina on the happiness that comes from a humble life.
There are countless books—and some hugely popular daytime television programs—dedicated to helping people achieve happiness. Why, then, are so many people so unhappy? Staretz Macarius of Optina answers:
In answer to your question as to what constitutes a happy life…A life lived in humility and with an irreproachable conscience brings peace, tranquility, and true happiness. But wealth, honor, glory and exalted position often serve as the cause of a multitude of sins, and such happiness is not one on which to rely.
"I came to know of your radio station because I am looking into the Orthodox faith. I live on an Army proving ground (Dugway) in Utah in a remote area and am a former Episcopalian. Listening to Ancient Faith Radio every day keeps a smile in my heart and gives me the strength to carry on."