"I have told you this so that my joy may be in you"
Joy is prayer. Joy is strength. Joy is love. It’s like a thread of love that captures souls. “God loves a joyful giver” (2Cor 9,7). People who give with joy go one step further. There is no better way of expressing our gratitude to God or others than to receive everything with joy. Hearts burning with love are necessarily joyful hearts. Never allow sadness to overcome you to such an extent as to make you forget the joy of the risen Christ.
We all experience the ardent longing for heaven where God is. Now, it is within the power of all of us to be in heaven with him even now, to be happy with him at this moment. But this present happiness with him means: loving as he loves, helping as he helps, giving as he gives, serving as he serves, rescuing as he rescues, living with him every hour of the day and touching his very self behind the appearance of human affliction.
Mother Teresa of Calcutta (1910-1997), founder of the Missionary Sisters of Charity
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