Saturday, May 26, 2012

Be Joyful!

I love these quotes on the importance of being joyful because they include practical suggestions for keeping a joyful spirit at all times.  They are from a wonderful little book, The Way of Spiritual Childhood, based on the life and teachings of St. Therese of Lisieux, by Fr. Leo Pyzaski, CSSR.  I found them to be a great source of inspiration for me in my efforts to keep a calm and accepting attitude toward all life events no matter how difficult it may be to hold onto joy.  We can never go wrong in trying to imitate the great St. Therese!

"Our God is a God of joy, therefore His children cannot be sad. Piety that is sad and melancholy surely is a false one. Let those who serve the world and feed on its dangerous pleasures grieve, because they will never find happiness here on earth, and will endanger their eternal salvation. The true children of God can and should be almost as happy here on earth as the saints are in heaven. There cannot be any room for sad and gloomy thoughts in the heart that belongs to God and loves Him sincerely."

"Never permit discouragement and dejection to take root in your heart, because they are a great obstacle to your progress in perfection. Let even your sorrow for sins be peaceful and confident. Let the holy joy so abound in you, that it may overflow and flood those who come into contact with you. For this purpose hide your pains if possible from human eyes to retain the full perfume of sacrifice for God alone."

"Guard however, against external manifestations of sadness, which are so detrimental to the happiness of your environment. Through this sort of preoccupation and egoism you are apt to become burdensome to others, but above all you would greatly displease God and retard your union with him."

"You may to a certain degree legitimately give way to sorrow. You are not obliged to pretend happiness, since this would be contrary to simplicity. This does not imply, however, that you may give way to unrestrained sorrow, that you may allow your nature to govern you, because this would be an outburst of your inordinate self-love. Your nature must always be held in check by the higher spiritual faculties."

"Avoid self-concentration in sorrow and remember that affliction is given you rather to withdraw you from your inordinate self. In spite of the acute and the most bitter suffering, bury your mind and heart in God, seek His glory and pleasure, thus you will have a pledge of your true love for God. Self-centering withdraws you from God who should be the center of all your thoughts and yearnings."

"Is it contrary to the principles of perfection to seek consolation in sorrow? By no means! God often visits you with sorrow, with depression and with interior darkness in order to force you to humble yourself before creatures by seeking consolation from them."

4 comments:

  1. Awesome quotes, Anne. Thank you for posting these!

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  2. Really enjoyed reading these - good reminders for all of us.

    God Bless.

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  3. Joy is the infallible sign of God. Who said that? I think Julian of Norwich, but I could be wrong.
    Thanks for this post.

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  4. Anne,
    I love these quotes. Thank you.

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