This week in Advent we are called to be joyful. It is a hard time to be joyful in this country. Our hearts are heavy. So many of our fellow Americans have died from this virus, so many are still unvaccinated. It worries us. There is a malaise of distrust and unacceptance of the factual that is just as deadly to us. It separates us and incites us to anger. Yet, the season calls us to ”rejoice and give thanks in all circumstances”. This rejoicing isn’t so much a matter of feelings as it is of actions. In order to be more joyful, we have to work at it. We have to deal with the bad things that happen. Joy is an attitude toward life. Joy is our witness to hope. Advent joy is a response to what God has revealed in Jesus Christ.
How can your actions help to create a spirit of joy in the present circumstances? What specific thing can you do to keep alive a hopeful spirit for yourself and others? How can you combat deadening falsehoods?
Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In all circumstances give thanks.
Those who sow with tears will reap with songs of joy. Those who go out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with them.
Joy adapts and changes, but it always endures ,even as a flicker of light born of our personal certainty that, when everything is said and done, we are infinitely loved.
Joy is the infallible sign of the presence of God.
Pierre de Chardin
We cannot cure the world of sorrows, but we can choose to live in joy.
Learning to celebrate joy is one of the great practices of the spiritual life.
Joy blooms where minds and hearts are open.
Jonathan Lockwood Huie
Joy is not in things; it is in us.
I define joy as a sustained sense of well-being and internal peace – a connection to what matters.
Joy is the simplest form of gratitude.
Change the way you think and you will change the way you feel.
Charmaine Smith Ladd
Find joy in everything you choose to do. Every job, relationship, home… It’s your responsibility to love it, or change it.