June 7

Reflection

Embodied love, with all the joy and pleasure and beauty it brings, has been made the great enemy of the spiritual life, as if learning to be dour were a dimension of sanctity. We were trained to beware the beautiful and the pleasurable, as if beauty and pleasure distracted us from the God who made the world beautiful and gave us all a capacity for pleasure. ..I finally came to understand that there is no such thing as “loving God alone.” If we love God, we love everything God made because all of them are reflections of the Love that made them. To lust for joy is to lust for the God of life. To make joy where at first it seems there is none is to become co-creator with the God of life. When we make joy, we make a holier, happier, life.
Joan Chittister, OSB

Prayer

This is the day the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be glad.
Psalm 118:24

Action

Give yourself the freedom to relax and enjoy the simple things of beauty that surround you. Take time for the things that enrich your life and make you happy.

Suggested Reading

These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.
John 15:11 

Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth; break forth into joyous song and sing praises!
Psalm 98:4 

A Christian is one who is invited… to join in the feast, to the joy of being saved, to the joy of being redeemed, to the joy of sharing life with Christ. This is a joy! You are called to a party!
Pope Francis

A heart filled with joy is more easily made perfect than one that is sad.
St. Philip Neri

I always find a way of being happy.
St. Therese of Lisieux

One filled with Joy preaches without preaching.
Mother Teresa

To give God honor is to agree with what the experience of beauty is intended for.
 Steve DeWitt

Joy is the serious business of Heaven.
C.S. Lewis

If you have no joy, there’s a leak in your Christianity somewhere.
Billy Sunday

The more you open your heart to others, the more your life becomes joyful.”
Debasish Mridha

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