The grief that does not need to be

“Our cruellest grief is the lack of meaning, that is, the lack of an eternal meaning to our life and deeds. The necessity of this meaning is intimately connected to our being . . . Hence, the world as object is only the means for a dialogue of loving thoughts and works between supreme rational Person (God) and rational human persons themselves . . . so that these might remain for all eternity in the happiness of that same communion between them” (Staniloae, 1994, The experience of God: Revelation and knowledge of the Triune God, pp. 10-11).