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.
Do not ask your children
to strive for extraordinary lives.
Such striving may seem admirable,
but it is a way of foolishness.
Help them instead to find the wonder
and the marvel of an ordinary life.
Show them the joy of tasting
tomatoes, apples, and pears.
Show them how to cry
when pets and people die.
Show them the infinite pleasure
in the touch of a hand.
And make the ordinary come alive for them.
The extraordinary will take care of itself.
William C. Martin
The Parent’s Tao Te Ching
Hat tip: James Padilla-DeBorst
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