Saturday, January 7, 2012


From Fr Hardon's Catholic Dictionary:
In spiritual literature, the feeling aroused by the expectation or possession of some good. One of the fruits of the Holy Spirit. Joyful emotions affect the body, but they are essentially in the higher faculties of the soul. Differs from pleasure, which may affect the human spirit but originates in some bodily sensation. Thus joy is possessed by angels and human beings, and its source is the rational will.
Joy is essentially a gift of the Holy Spirit.  Without Joy, we are nothing in the Christian life.  I mean, who wants to become a christian if they see us hanging around all day looking like our puppy just got hit by a bus?  I know this is unavoidable on some days, but when moping and self pity begins to be the norm and not the exception, we have some serious prayer and soul searching to do!
Children do not become strong in their faith in a home without joy.  Children do not have a great chance of keeping their faith if their home has little or no joy.  Joy comes when we as mamas live a life with God's grace in our souls, so Jesus can be fully alive and welcome in our hearts.  Then that grace and love and joy can spill over into our homes husbands and  babies.  This is what gives God glory as a mama.  Self denial with Joy, sacrafice with Joy, hard work with Joy, and all the good times with Joy.

Wishing you JOY this 2012

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