I was blessed with a wonderful gift today, and my immediate response is to share part of that with you all.
from Joy Bertrand Weaver, C.P.
The fundamental reason for joy in faith is that faith opens up a whole new and wonderful world. We have a way of thinking and speaking about the other world as though we were going to eneter it only when we die. The fact is that we are living in the other world now. The other world is not only all about us but within us. The joy of the convert is the joy of discovery of this new and exciting and infinite world. If the joy of a born Catholic in some cases does not equal that of a convert, it is because the former has allowed his faith to become dulled. [ p. 8]
Now, a passage from the intro:
A Fueurbach says that world is a madhouse, a jail, and a St. Thomas Aquinas says that happiness is the natural life of a man. A Schopenhauer observes that life is a sham, an annoying and useless interruption of the steady calm of eternal nothingness, and a St. John of the Cross say that soul of one who serves God always swims in joy, always keeps holiday, and is always in the mood for singing.
Rejoice, for the Lord, Our God, Savior and Brother is risen indeed, and with Him we rise!