"Christ lives, he has overcome death, he has overcome all these powers. We live in this certainty, in this freedom, and in this joy." (Pope Benedict XVI, General Audience, 12 XI 2008)
"Do not accept anything as the truth if it lacks love. And do not accept anything as love which lacks the truth! One without the other becomes a destructive lie." (Blessed John Paul II, Canonisation of Edith Stein, 11 X 1998)

Sunday, 15 August 2010

Christianity is joy (from Benedict XVI)

When one has to resist evil it's all the more important not to fall into a gloomy moralism that doesn't allow itself any joy but really to see how much beauty there is, too, and to draw from it the strength needed to resist what destroys joy. Faith gives joy. When God is not there, the world becomes desolate, and everything becomes boring, and everything is completely unsatisfactory. It's easy to see today how a world empty of God is also increasingly consuming itself, how it has become a wholly joyless world. The great joy comes from the fact that there is this great love, and that is the essential message of faith. You are unswervingly loved. Christianity is joy. Joy not in the sense of cheap fun, but joy that exists together with a difficult life and also makes this life liveable because of the hope of the life to come.


  1. This is great, I look forward to following your comments

  2. As Gospa said in Medjugorje: If you knew how much I love you, you would cry with happiness

  3. God is love and His love is the secret of our happiness.
    To enter into this mystery of love there is no other way than that of losing ourselves, giving ourselves, the way of the Cross.
    (Homily of B16, 24/2/2008)

  4. Well done Paul. This is a great platform to spread the message of Love that is Jesus Christ

  5. Nice blog Paul! - and I saw you on tv in that clip - waving a very small South African flag.. Hope to see you and Aneta soon - and do those reflections together in real life :-)