Thought of the Day January 29, 2019 How truly joyful am I?

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Pope Francis continues to reflect on joy. "The Christian grows in joy through
trusting in God. God always remembers his covenant." And in turn, "the
Christian knows that God remembers him, that God loves him, that God
accompanies him, that God is waiting for him. And this is joy."

Pope Francis goes on to say: It is “joy that Christians breath”,
Christians express themselves joyfully. Joy cannot be
purchased or forced. “No”, the Pope said, “it is a fruit of the
Holy Spirit. The one who puts joy in our hearts is the Holy
Spirit”.

“Joy does not mean living from laugh to laugh. No, it’s not
that. Joy is not entertainment. No, it’s not that. It is something
else. Christian joy is peace, peace that is deeply rooted,
peace in the heart, the peace that only God can give. This is
Christian joy. It is not easy to foster this joy.” 

How joyful are we each day? Is our joy truly a reflection of the presence of the
Lord within  us? (To be continued)

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