Fidelity for Success and Happiness
By Fr. Joe Eruppakkatt SSP on 17-10-2011
Recently a married couple celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. It was a vivacious and joyous occasion. Their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and all other close relatives seemed to adore them for their fidelity to each other for 60 long years! It appeared as if such fidelity for thus long period of time is a rare occurrence in this modern age. Everyone appreciates fidelity as a noble virtue, essential for health and happiness, but hard to put into practice. Fidelity requires commitment. In simple English language, Fidelity is the quality of being faithful or loyal. The word is derived from the Latin word fidēlis, meaning “faithful or loyal”. It also means adherence to a vow, promise or commitment.Life itself is an act of fidelity at various levels: Fidelity to God, who created us, sustains us and leads us to our eternal destiny: He is always faithful to His creation, more so to us, His beloved people. He expects us to be faithful to him, in keeping his commandments and being loyal to him. In a world that is constantly changing and evolving, God is the only one who remains changeless, but always faithful. “God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of His Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” (I Cor. 1.9). Fidelity to one’s life partner whom God has chosen and placed alongside the person: Marriage vow is not a promise to be broken, but a covenant to be honoured until death separates them. It has its unpredictability, risk factor and incompatibilities. However, the fact that they are chosen and joined together by God makes it possible to stick together for life, in good times and bad, in plenty and want, in sickness and health. Infidelity, on the contrary, is dangerous and destructive. “Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate.” (Mk 10:9). Fidelity to one’s cause, one’s duty, one’s family, one’s chosen way of life: Such fidelity is essential for success and happiness, order and progress. Life without fidelity leads to chaos and destruction. “True happiness is not attained through self gratification, but through fidelity to a worthy purpose,” says Helen Keller. Fidelity to oneself. This means to be true to oneself, one’s beliefs and convictions; it is the act of knowing who and what we are, and what our purpose in life is. When we make all out efforts to fulfill this purpose we experience true happiness. Knowing our weakness, we also acknowledge the power of God working in us. Says Jesus: “And you shall know the truth and the truth will make you free” (Jn 8:32)“Fidelity is the
sister of justice”. (Horace).
About The Author
Fr. Joe Eruppakkatt SSP is a Catholic priest of the Society of St Paul. He has been engaged in media activities for several years as General Editor of ST PAULS Mumbai. He believes in God's gift of beauty and goodness in every human being, in nature and in every religious tradition, and shares his views and opinions with others.