"God made us for joy. God is joy, and the joy of living reflects the original joy that God felt in creating us." (St. John Paul the Great)

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Why "made for JOY"?

John Paul II said, "God made us for joy."  I tend toward cynicism, complaining, and worry, not one of which brings joy.  For those few readers who may join me, this blog is an effort to foster that for which we were made -- JOY.  The joy that ...
... is a fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22).

... is constant.

... brings peace.

... is born of gratitude.

... is a choice.

... is deeper than mere happiness, because it can weather unhappiness, suffering, and hardship.

... "is an unsatisfied desire which is itself more desirable than any other satisfaction."  C.S. Lewis

... "is the most infallible sign of the presence of God." Pierre Teilhard de Chardin