04.21.14 ~ Monday in the Octave of Easter


In Conversation with God:

True joy does not depend on mere physical or material wellbeing, is not diminished by the presence of difficulties, by the absence of health… I will give you a joy which no one will take from you. Nobody can. Nor can pain take it away, nor calumny, nor abandonment… nor even weaknesses and falls, if we turn promptly to the Lord. This is the sole condition of our remaining in it: not to separate ourselves from God, not to allow things to divide us from him; to know at all times that we are his sons and daughters…

A pessimistic sadness must always be something foreign to the Christian. It is something that, should it ever occur, will require urgent remedy..

Let us struggle… to seek the Lord in our work an din all our undertakings… This interior struggle gives the soul a special youthfulness of spirit…

We must always foster joy and optimism and reject sadness, which is sterile and leaves the soul at the mercy of many temptations. When one is happy, one is a stimulus and an encouragement for others; sadness, on the other hand, obscures and causes damage.

To be happy is a form of giving thanks to God… Joy is the first tribute we owe him… God the Father is pleased when he sees us happy and joyful with true gladness…

Joy is frequently the best example of charity for those around us… This is what the first Christians were, and this is what we have to be: sowers of peace and joy, the peace and joy that Jesus has brought to us. Many people will find God behind our optimism, in the customary smile, in a cordial attitude. This example of charity to others – of forcing ourselves to flee from gloomy moods and sadness at all times and to remove their cause – is particularly communicated to those closest to us…

CCC #578

Jesus, Israel’s Messiah and therefore the greatest in the kingdom of heaven, was to fulfil the Law by keeping it in its all embracing detail – according to his own words, down to “the least of these commandments”. He is in fact the only one who could keep it perfectly. On their own admission the Jews were never able to observe the Law in its entirety without violating the least of its precepts. This is why every year on the Day of Atonement the children of Israel ask God’s forgiveness for their transgressions of the Law. the Law indeed makes up one inseparable whole, and St. James recalls, “Whoever keeps the whole law but fails in one point has become guilty of all of it.”


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