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.
So do you want to make culture? Find a community, a small group who can lovingly fuel your dreams and puncture your illusions. Find friends and form a family who are willing to see grace at work in one another’s lives, who can discern together which gifts and which crosses each has been called to bear. Find people who have a holy respect for power and a holy willingness to spend their power alongside the powerless. Find some partners in the wild and wonderful world beyond church doors. And then, together, make something of the world.
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