The end of one Church year and the beginning of another shouldn’t pass without a celebration. A feast even.
I know we’re still finishing up the Thanksgiving leftovers. I’m talking about a feast of joy, not food.
Before we get too far into the new Church year and into the penitential season of Advent, take a few minutes to sample some great verses and quotes about joy. There are no calories and absolutely no guilt!
Joy is the infallible sign of the presence of God.
–Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
Let us therefore both praise and sing; that is, let us praise with cheerfulness and joy.
…for this day is holy to our Lord; and do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.
Dream that the more you struggle, the more you prove the love that you bear your God, and the more you will rejoice one day with your Beloved, in a happiness and rapture that can never end.
–St. Teresa of Avila
Prayer is nothing else than union with God. When our heart is pure and united to God, we feel within ourselves a joy, a sweetness that inebriates, a light that dazzles us. In this intimate union God and the soul are like two pieces of wax melted together; they cannot be separated. This union of God with His little creature is a most beautiful thing. It is a happiness that we cannot understand. . . God, in His goodness, has permitted us to speak to Him. Our prayer is an incense which He receives with extreme pleasure.
–St. Jean Marie Baptiste Vianney, the Cure of Ars
There was some one thing that was too great for God to show us when He walked upon our earth, and I have sometimes fancied that it was His mirth.
Joy (in my sense) has indeed one characteristic, and one only, in common with them; the fact that anyone who has experienced it will want it again… I doubt whether anyone who has tasted it would ever, if both were in his power, exchange it for all the pleasures in the world. But then Joy is never in our power and Pleasure often is.
Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad, for Him Who is of heaven and then of earth. Christ in the flesh, rejoice with trembling and with joy; with trembling because of your sins, with joy because of your hope.
–St. Gregory Nanzianzen
These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.