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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Serve with joy

The pleasure of service is one of the meditations on joy given by Bishop Morneau in Growing in Joy. He has this quote from Gandhi:

"...service can have no meaning, unless one takes pleasure in it. When it is done for show or for fear of public opinion, it stunts the man and crushes his spirit. Service which is rendered without joy helps neither the servant nor the served. But all other pleasures and possessions pale into nothingness before service which is rendered in a spirit of joy."

And George Herbert wrote: " All worldly joys go less/ To the one joy of doing kindnesses."

Am I serving with joy? We need to ask ourselves: Are we able to radiate joy?

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