Monday, August 5, 2013

The Witness of Joy

A little more about OSA.  The talks we heard were uplifting and inspiring and their sincerity testified to the Lord’s presence in their midst and His work through them.  We heard amazing stories of the mighty acts of God as these people worked to evangelize those contemplating abortion.  The thing that stood out the most to me about these people though was not their approach or their words or their stories but their joy.  Joy is ever a sign that God is welcome among us (and yes, unfortunately there are people who will allow God to come into their midst but will not welcome Him).  Joy is different from Happiness, since it remains even when the latter has disappeared.  It comes from the knowledge that even when things go wrong—sometimes very wrong—God is with us.

We also must remember the witness of joy.  We must cultivate true joy in our own midst so that the women we minister will see it and be drawn to it.  It is a powerful witness to truth and goodness.
St. Phillip Neri, pray for us!

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