“Joy is one of the best safeguards against temptation. The devil is a carrier of dust and dirt and he uses every opportunity to throw what he has at us. But a joyful heart protects us from this dirt. That is because Jesus is there in our joy. Jesus takes full possession of our soul when we surrender to him joyfully. St. Francis de Sales said, ‘A sad saint is a bad saint.’ St. Teresa of Avila worries about her sisters only when she saw them lose their joy. Joy is a source of power for us.”
~ Saint Theresa of Calcutta
- Think about the last couple of days. What brought me joy? Did you exhibit that joy to others? If not, why not?
- Has joy been a source of power in my life?
- In what ways can I be joyful in times of trouble or distress, when the whole world seems to be at odds with me?
- How can I increase joy in my life?