Ven. Fulton Sheenÿexplains the core virtue of the Gospel. We are called to love, especially people who others do not love. Jesus describes this as loving our enemies. We should not limit our understanding of this to just adversaries that we are competing against or that threaten us. We need to love everyone, especially people [...]
"If a sense of guilt weighs down the soul no amount of pleasure on the outside can compensate for the loss of joy on the inside. As sorrow is attendant on sin, so joy is the companion of holiness." Source: Ven. Fulton Sheen, The Way to Happiness
"Spiritual joy is a serenity of temper in the midst of the changes of life, such as a mountain has when a storm breaks over it." Source:ÿ Ven. Fulton Sheen, The Way to Happiness
Levity is an act; joy, a habit. Source: ÿVen. Fulton Sheen, These are the Sacraments
"O God, and what joy ought not we men to conceive, what hopes and what affections, in knowing that in the midst of our land, in our churches, near our houses, the Holy of holies, the true God, dwells and lives in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar!" Source: St. Alphonsus Liguori, Visits [...]
"My dryness increased. Both Heaven and earth denied me consolation; yet, though surrounded by the waters of tribulation which I sought so ardently, I was the happiest person in the world." Source: St. Therese of Lisieux, The Story of a Soul, Saint Benedict Press, 2010.
"It is impossible without humility to enjoy anything – even pride." Source: G.K. Chesterton, Orthodoxy, Moody Publishers, 2009.
"In the cross is salvation, in the cross is life, in the cross is protection from enemies, in the cross is infusion of heavenly sweetness, in the cross is strength of mind, in the cross is joy of spirit, in the cross is highest virtue, in the cross is perfect holiness. There is no salvation [...]
"The visit to the Blessed Sacrament is a source of so much sweetness because we have in the tabernacle, the same God who is the source of happiness for the elect in heaven. The Eucharist becomes thus an earthly paradise. One asked a saint if it were hard for him to remain so long in [...]
"Sometimes thinking yourselves so wicked may be humility and virtue and at other times a very great temptation. I have had experience of this, so I know it is true. Humility, however deep it be, neither disquiets nor troubles nor disturbs the soul; it is accompanied by peace, joy and tranquility." Source: Saint Teresa [...]