The Importance of Joy

Joey McCoy recently wrote the following post for i.d.9:16’s blog.

‘Tis the season to nurture a joyful spirit. Here are some neat quotes and stories about persevering in joy throughout our journey with the Lord. (Every subsequent word is copied down from the book, Saintly Solutions by Fr. Joseph Esper.)

  • Philip Neri insisted, “A cheerful soul becomes holy more quickly.”
  • Teresa of Avila was known for her lively and affectionate personality, her sharp (although not unkind) wit, and her ever-present sense of humor . . . Teresa enjoyed life, food included. Someone once sent her a partridge for her meal, which she ate with relish. A visitor was scandalized that a saint was taking delight in her food and wondered aloud what people would think. “Let them think what they please, there is a time for partridge and a time for penance.”

Read more thoughts from the saints on how to bring more JOY to this Christmas season and everyday life by clicking here!