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Thursday, October 4, 2007

Feast of all the Franciscans

I am grateful to all the Franciscans who have kept the spirit of their saintly founder and who are especially dedicated to joy. I have yet to meet a sad follower of Francis of Assisi!

This is the other quote from Janet Erskine Stuart, RSCJ - she was one of those great religious that have left us precious writings:
The quality of our joy depends on the spring from which it is drawn. Where do we seek our joy? How does it come and go? Watch its flight as of birds...Does it soar or flutter? Does it go by days and moods, by self-love, by the adventure of circumstances?...To be a joy-bearer and a joy-giver says everything; it means that one is faithfully living for God and that nothing else counts, and if one gives joy to others we are doing God's work. With joy without and within, all is well. I can conceive no higher way. Joy is the most heavenly atmosphere found on earth--we ought to cultivate it as a duty always.

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