Inquiring Nuns wanted to know in 1968:
“Two young nuns explore Chicago, from a supermarket to the Art Institute and in front of churches on Sunday, confronting people with the crucial question, “Are you happy?” They meet a lonely girl, a happy mother, another nun, lovers, hippie musicians, a lady sociologist, a professor, and even actor Stepin Fetchit. The answers they get range in sincerity and depth: “Happiness is the absence of fear,” “Avoiding people,” “Raspberries,” “Joy in knowing Christ.”
The humor and sadness of these honest encounters lift the film beyond its interview format to a serious and moving inquiry into the concerns of contemporary man, and also into the circumstances in which men will actually express their concerns.”
Elizabeth Scalia, The Anchoress, asks, Are you happy? She points out that it can be a complicated question.
One of the elect (unbaptized) in our RCIA class, who is grieving the recent loss of her husband, mentioned that she was disturbed by the always joyful persona of one of our parishioners. She (the elect) could not believe that anyone could be that joyful, that happy.
But I know that the parishioners joy is very real. She has had a very hard life. Her day to day life is still a struggle. Yet she has a joy that comes from deep within her being. It comes from a deep and abiding faith in Jesus Christ.