Thought of the Day April 18, 2018 Joy

By 11:19 AM

“Far from being timid, morose, acerbic or melancholy, or putting on a dreary face, the saints are joyful and full of good humor Though completely realistic, they radiate a positive and hopeful spirit. The Christian life is ‘joy in the Holy Spirit’ (Rom 14:17), for “‘the necessary result of the love of charity is joy; since every lover rejoices at being united to the beloved… the effect of charity is joy’. Having received the beautiful gift of God’s word, we embrace it ‘in much affliction, with joy inspired by the Holy Spirit’ (1 Thess 1:6). If we allow the Lord to draw us out of our shell and change our lives, then we can do as Saint Paul tells us: ‘Rejoice in the Lord always; I say it again, rejoice!’” (Phil 4:4). (Pope Francis) How joyful are we throughout the day? I am referring to both an inner and an outer joy, the source of which is the Lord. This joy separates the positive person from the negative one. This attitude of joy enables one in the midst of adversity to say and believe with an inner smile, that this too will pass. It does not take away the pain of the moment but allows us to see, in hope, the light at the end of the tunnel. Allow the joy of the Lord to transform you into the Saint God envisions when he sees you.

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