vol. 8, num. 16 :: 2009.07.31 — 2009.09.03
“I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart,” goes the Sunday school song. Many who grew up in the Church wonder whether they really learned the reality of that song, or just a tune with accompanying words and gestures. How does one “get the joy”—or get it back when it’s been lost?
Sifting through St. Paul's letter to the Philippians in an effort to discover what it means to "rejoice in the Lord always."
A difficult summer prompts reflections on the problem of joy.
On witnessing a legacy of friendship, sorrow and laughter.
What can we do when we discover our joy has been stolen from us?
Joy tends to overflow to the point of sharing -- and yet sometimes it doesn't.
A mother reflects on her children's faith journeys and the complexities of joy for Christian parents.
Reflections on experiences and lessons in joy, looking back on a life in the midst of death.
A daughter considers the legacy of her name in light of an encounter.
Your opportunity to contribute thoughts about joy.
Summer vacations past provoke reflection on a love-hate relationship with ‘perfect’ places.
A Louisiana native provides a closer look at Mardi Gras, a traditional time of celebration before Lent.
An interview with Abbott Thomas Jamison, author of the book Finding Happiness: Monastic Steps for a Fulfilling Life.
If our contemporary culture does not readily acknowledge how perpetual motion can dumb down our souls, we do maintain at least the memory that a faithful journey will always lead us back to where we started from, opening our eyes to the potential of a place that we were not able to see before we left it. It takes a trip to Oz for Dorothy to say and say again, “There’s no place like home.” Even when it is reduced to sentimental nostalgia, the sentiment has power because our longings point us homeward…. Christian wisdom about stability points us toward the true peace that is possible when our spirits are stilled and our feet are planted in a place we know to be holy ground. When we get this stability of heart deep down inside of us, real growth begins to happen.
The Wisdom of Stability
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