For me life seems to present more meaning as I have been processing through the death of my mom. She passed away almost 2 months ago and I continue to find more joy in living fully knowing of God's Eternal Life to come.
From the Magnificat Meditation of the Day
I found solace in these remarks and, when searching for more information on Raissa and Jacques Maritain, I stumbled onto Rabbi Mark Kinzer / Congregation Zera Avraham, as he describes with beautiful detail the impact of one, on the way to becoming a saint, and how his life made an indelible imprint on the lives of Raissa and Jacques Maritain HERE. (An excerpt from his remarks.)
Jacques and Raissa were not your typical students. They thought and felt deeply about everything. They realized what this worldview implied about life: in the final analysis, all was meaningless. Truth, goodness, beauty were illusions. There was nothing worth living for – and so they were considering leaving life itself behind, and doing it together on their own terms. Then they read a book that changed everything. It was a novel by a devout Christian by the name of Leon Bloy. The final line of the novel took their breath away, and became a motto for their future life together: “There is only one sadness –
Imagine living life fully and unreservedly, fulling the purpose we were created for and knowing the treasure is Eternal Life in God.