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.
According to the Christian tradition, grace is not earned. Grace is not merited. It’s not something we deserve. Rather, grace is the free and benevolent favor of God as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings. Grace. As a nation, out of this terrible tragedy, God has visited grace upon us, for he has allowed us to see where we’ve been blind. He has given us the chance, where we’ve been lost, to find our best selves. We may not have earned it, this grace, with our rancor and complacency, and short-sightedness and fear of each other – but we got it all the same. He gave it to us anyway. He’s once more given us grace. But it is up to us now to make the most of it, to receive it with gratitude, and to prove ourselves worthy of this gift.
President Barack Obama
“Remarks by the President in Eulogy for the Honorable Reverend Clementa Pinckney”
(June 26, 2015)
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