Where there is sadness, I may bring joy

(April 4 - May1)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Where there is sadness, I may bring joy

 

 

 

 

Rejoice in the Lord always …. Christian joy thus springs from the certainty: God is close, he is with me, he is with us, in joy and in sorrow, in sickness and in health, as a friend and faithful spouse. And this joy endures, even in trials, in suffering itself. It does not remain only on the surface; it dwells in the depths of the person who entrusts himself to God and trusts in him. Some people ask: but is this joy still possible today? Men and women of every age and social condition, happy to dedicate their existence to others, give us the answer with their lives! Was not Bl.
Mother Teresa of Calcutta an unforgettable witness of true Gospel joy in our time? She lived in touch daily with wretchedness, human degradation and death. Her soul knew the trials of the dark night of faith, yet she gave everyone God's smile. In one of her writings, we read: "We wait impatiently for paradise, where God is, but it is in our power to be in paradise even here on earth and from this moment. Being happy with God means loving like him, helping like him, giving like him, serving like him" (The Joy of Giving to Others, 1987, p. 143). Yes, joy enters the hearts of those who put themselves at the service of the lowly and poor. God abides in those who love like this and their souls rejoice. If, instead, people make an idol of happiness, they lose their way and it is truly hard for them to find the joy of which Jesus speaks. Unfortunately, this is what is proposed by cultures that replace God by individual happiness, mindsets that find their emblematic effect in seeking pleasure at all costs, in spreading drug use as an escape, a refuge in artificial paradises that later prove to be entirely deceptive.
(Benedict XVI Angelus St Peter's Square Third Sunday of Advent, 16 December 2007)

 


May you be docile to the power of the Spirit! He, the Holy Spirit… he makes you witnesses of Christ. Not in word but indeed, with a new type of life. You will not be afraid any longer to lose your freedom, because you will live it fully by giving it away in love. You will no longer be attached to material goods, because you will feel within you the joy of sharing them. You will cease to be sad with the
sadness of the world, but you will feel sorrow at evil and rejoice at goodness, especially for mercy and forgiveness.

(Meeting with the young people of Sardinia address of his Holiness Benedict XVI Yenne Square, Cagliari Sunday, 7 September 2008)

 

 

 

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WEEK 1  (April 4 - April 10)


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You have turned my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness, that my soul may praise you and not be silent (Ps 30:11-12).

 

 

Make me hear rejoicing and gladness; let the bones which you have broken rejoice (Ps 51:8).

 

 

These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends  (Jn 15:11-13).


As they were saying this, Jesus himself stood among them, and said to them, “Peace to you.” But they were startled and frightened, and supposed that they saw a spirit. And he said to them, “Why are you troubled, and why do questionings
rise in your hearts? See my hands and my feet, that it is I myself; handle me, and see; for a spirit has not flesh and bones as you see that I have.” And when he had said this he showed them his hands and his feet. And while they still disbelieved for joy, and wondered, he said to them, “Have you anything here to eat?” They gave him a piece of broiled fish, and he took it and ate before them (Luke 24:36-43).

 

 

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I really cannot thank God enough for all that He has done for me. His for all eternity! Now I rejoice with my whole heart that I have joyfully carried my cross with Jesus. There were sufferings—there were moments when my eyes were filled with tears—but thanks be to God for everything. (CBML, p. 20)

 

 

 The joy of loving Jesus comes from the joy of sharing in His sufferings. So do not allow yourself to be troubled or distressed, but believe in the joy of the Resurrection. In all of our lives, as in the life of Jesus, the Resurrection
has to come, the joy of Easter has to dawn. (CBML, p. 300)

 

 

 

… if we are really only all for Jesus, we must be able to radiate joy, radiate the joy of Christ because that’s a sign that He is with us.  Because His presence always, always produces joy and so let the people look up and see only Jesus in you and in me.

 

 

And this, the joy of the presence of Jesus, you must be able to give wherever you go. But you cannot give what you don't have. That's why you need a pure heart, a pure heart that you will receive as a fruit of your prayer, as a fruit of your one­ness with Christ. And a pure heart can see God and if you see God immediately—immediately you begin to love one another. That's all Jesus came on this earth to give us, that good news: “Love as I have loved you; love one another as I have loved you.” (Graduates of Thomas Acquinas)

 

 

 

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WEEK 2 (April 11 - 17)

 

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And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with singing; everlasting joy shall be upon their heads; they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away” (Is 35:10).


I will turn their mourning into joy, I will comfort them, and give them gladness for sorrow (Jer 31:13).


Keep your voice from weeping, and your eyes from tears; for your work shall be rewarded, says the Lord, and they shall come back from the land of the enemy (Jer 31:15).


. . . I hope to come to see you and talk with you face to face, so that our joy may be complete (1 John 1:12).

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jesus is the Joy—to be shared. (CBML, p. 303)

 

 

Every Sunday I visit the poor in Calcutta’s slums. I cannot help them, because I do not have anything, but I go to give them joy. Last time about twenty little ones were eagerly expecting their “Ma.” When they saw me, they ran to meet me, even skipping on one foot. I entered. In that “para”—that is how a group of houses is called here—twelve families were living. Every family has only one room, two meters long and a meter and a half wide. The door is so narrow that I hardly could enter, and the ceiling is so low that I could not stand upright. . . . Now I do not wonder that my poor little ones love their school so much, and that so many of them suffer from tuberculosis. The poor mother [of the family she visited] did not utter even a word of complaint about her poverty. It was very painful for me, but at the same time I was very happy when I saw that they are happy because I visit them. Finally, the mother said to me: “Oh, Ma, come again! Your smile brought sun into this house!” (CBML, p. 27)

 

 

Your Grace, let me go, and give myself for them, let me offer myself and those who will join me for those
unwanted poor, the little street children, the sick, the dying, the beggars, let me go into their very holes and bring in their broken homes the joy and peace of Christ. I know you are afraid for me. You are afraid that the whole thing will be a failure.—What about it? Is it not worth going through every possible suffering just for one single soul? Did not Our Lord do the same: what a failure was His Cross on Calvary—and all for me, a sinner. (CBML, p. 65)

 

 

I don’t know what the success will be—but if the Missionaries of Charity have brought joy to one unhappy home—made one innocent child from the street keep pure for Jesus—one dying person die in peace with God—don’t you think, Your Grace, it would be worth while offering everything—for just that one—because that one would bring great joy to the Heart of Jesus. (CBML, p. 77)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEEK 3 (April 18 - 24)

 

 

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As the Father has loved me, so have I loved you; abide in my love. If you keep my commandments, you will abide in my love, just as I have kept my Father’s commandments and abide in his love. These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. (Jn 15:9-11).

 

Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you (1 Thess 5:16-18).

 

Without having seen him you love him; though you do not now see him you believe in him and rejoice with unutterable and exalted joy (1 Peter 1:8).

 

 

 

 

 

 

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By this joy I mean that inner depth of joy in you, in your eyes, look, face, movements, actions, swiftness, etc. “That My joy may be in you,” says Jesus. What is this joy of Jesus? It is the result of His continual union with God, doing the Will of the Father. “I have come that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.” This joy is the fruit of union with God, of being in the presence of God. Living in the presence of God fills us with joy. God is Joy. (Novena)

 

 

Joy shines in the eyes, comes out in the speech and walk…when people see the habitual happiness in your eyes, it will make them realize they are the loved children of God. (Novena)

 

 

 Without joy there is no love, and love without joy is not true love. And so, we need to bring that love and that joy into the world of today. (Novena)

 

 

In our own family, especially today when the world is so busy and in such a great hurry we have very little time to smile at each other, to make time for each other and loneliness keeps growing.  In the homes of the shut-ins, how much loneliness there is.  The sisters one day found an old man in the most terrible distress covered with dirt covered with – in such a terrible disarray that it is difficult to express and they took care of him, they cleaned his room, they washed his clothes they gave him a simple bath and after two days, the man spoke and he said just one sentence “You have brought God in my life, bring Father also.”  And the sisters went and brought the priest and he made his confession after 60 years and next day he died.  The greatest of God’s mercy.  To do such a simple work to bring that soul back to Him in peace and joy.

 

 

 

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WEEK 4 (April 25 - May 1)

 

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In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a city of Judah, and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the child leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold, when the voice of your greeting came to my ears, the child in my womb leaped for joy (Luke 1:39-44).

 

 

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control (Gal 5:22-23).

 

 


 

 

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We must be able to radiate the joy of Christ, express it in our actions. If our actions are just useful actions that give no joy to the people, our poor people would never be able to rise up to the call which we want them to hear, the call to come closer to God. We want to make them feel that they are loved. If we went to them with a sad face, we would only make them much more depressed. (Something Beautiful for God)

 

 

In this special home I went to visit the old people and there were – I don’t know – but I’ve never seen so much beautiful things and so much wonderful things in a home like I saw in that home, and yet there was not a single smile on the faces of those people.  All these old people – they were all looking toward the door.  And I asked the sister in charge.  I said, “Sister, why Sister, why are they like that?  Why are then not smiling?”  I’m so used to see smiles on people’s faces because I think smile generates smiles just as love generates love.  So I had – and then she said, “This is everyday like that.  They’re always waiting for somebody to come and visit them.  The loneliness is eating them up and for days after days they keep on looking.  Nobody turns up.”  That unwantedness is great poverty.

 

 

I never forget one day, I was walking in the streets of London and I met a man looking so lonely, so alone, so sad.  So, I went and I took his hand and I shook his hand—and my hand is always very warm—and he looked up and said “Oh, after a long, long, long time I feel the warmth of a human hand.”  For a long time, nobody had touched him, nobody had shown love for him.  He was a completely different man. He gave me such a beautiful big smile because he felt the warmth of love.  So this is what you pray that you may learn, that you may learn to put that gift of God… because God has made you for that.  Nothing special.  God has made us to love and He has given us a heart to love and so use that gift of God of loving by sharing the joy of loving in action.  See, look, and do something and that doing something is your love for God in a living action.

 

 

I am determined more than ever to spread joy wherever I go—the fragrance of Christ’s joy. (CBML, p. 240)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, you showed us the beauty of a life lived in and for love and you never stop reminding us that we are all “created for greater things, to love and be loved." Help us to live, like you, a life of love that is worthy of our calling as children of God. Amen.

 

 

Lord, make me a channel of your peace,
that where there is sadness, I may bring joy.

 

 

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us!

 


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WEEK 1 

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WEEK 2  

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WEEK 3  

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WEEK 4  

(April 25 - May 1)


 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 


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Where there is hatred, I may bring love

Prayer for the month:

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, you showed us the beauty of a life lived in and for love and you never stop reminding us that we are all “created for greater things, to love and be loved." Help us to live, like you, a life of love that is worthy of our calling as children of God. Amen.

 

Lord, make me a channel of your peace, that where there is sadness, I may bring joy.  

 

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us!

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Where there is hatred, I may bring love

Prayer for the month:

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, you showed us the beauty of a life lived in and for love and you never stop reminding us that we are all “created for greater things, to love and be loved." Help us to live, like you, a life of love that is worthy of our calling as children of God. Amen.

 

Lord, make me a channel of your peace, that where there is sadness, I may bring joy.  

 

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us!


 

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Where there is hatred, I may bring love

Prayer for the month:

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, you showed us the beauty of a life lived in and for love and you never stop reminding us that we are all “created for greater things, to love and be loved." Help us to live, like you, a life of love that is worthy of our calling as children of God. Amen.

 

Lord, make me a channel of your peace, that where there is sadness, I may bring joy.  

 

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us!

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Where there is hatred, I may bring love

Prayer for the month:

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, you showed us the beauty of a life lived in and for love and you never stop reminding us that we are all “created for greater things, to love and be loved." Help us to live, like you, a life of love that is worthy of our calling as children of God. Amen.

 

Lord, make me a channel of your peace, that where there is sadness, I may bring joy.  

 

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us!

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Where there is hatred, I may bring love

Prayer for the month:

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, you showed us the beauty of a life lived in and for love and you never stop reminding us that we are all “created for greater things, to love and be loved." Help us to live, like you, a life of love that is worthy of our calling as children of God. Amen.

 

Lord, make me a channel of your peace, that where there is sadness, I may bring joy.  

 

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us!

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Where there is hatred, I may bring love

Prayer for the month:

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, you showed us the beauty of a life lived in and for love and you never stop reminding us that we are all “created for greater things, to love and be loved." Help us to live, like you, a life of love that is worthy of our calling as children of God. Amen.

 

Lord, make me a channel of your peace, that where there is sadness, I may bring joy.  

 

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us!

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