The need for JOY

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Fr. Tom Rosica, CSB of Salt + Light sent me this little gem of wisdom from Pope Paul VI. It makes so much sense for us today:

“Joy always springs from a certain outlook on man and on God. “When your eye is sound, your whole body too is filled with light.”(78) We are touching here on the original and inalienable dimension of the human person: his vocation to happiness always passes through the channels of knowledge and love, of contemplation and action. May you attain this good quality which is in your brother’s soul, and this divine presence so close to the human heart!

Let the agitated members of various groups therefore reject the excesses of systematic and destructive criticism! Without departing from a realistic viewpoint, let Christian communities become centers of optimism where all the members resolutely endeavor to perceive the positive aspect of people and events. “Love does not rejoice in what is wrong but rejoices with the truth. There is no limit to love’s forbearance, to its trust, its hope, its power to endure.”

APOSTOLIC EXHORTATION
OF HIS HOLINESS PAUL VI GAUDETE IN DOMINO
ON CHRISTIAN JOY
May 9, 1975