We Are Meant to Have Our Human Joys

Faith is our source of joy. We believe in a God who created us so that we might enjoy human happiness -in some measure on Earth, in its fullness in heaven. We are meant to have our human joys: the joy of living, the joy of love and friendship, the joy of work well done. We who are Christians have a further cause for joy: like Jesus, we know that we are loved by God our Father. This love transforms our lives and fills us with joy. It makes us see that Jesus did not come to lay burdens upon us. He came to teach us what it means to be fully happy and fully human. Therefore, we discover joy when we discover truth-the truth about God our Father, the truth about Jesus our Savior, the truth about the Holy Spirit who lives in our hearts. 

ANGELUS, ADELAIDE, November 30, 1986

(Pope John Paul II, “Love is the Explanation of Everything”, Rizzoli 2011, Page 121)

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