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Catholic Joy

When I was a little girl, my sister and I sang the children’s Bible school song lyrics: “I’ve got the joy, joy, joy, joy down in my heart.” We sang it with complete abandon, at full volume, with our heads thrown back. We meant it and felt it. As the …

What do you want out of life? That’s a big question, right? I think we all, on some level, want our lives to be full and joyful. What does it mean to be joyful? You could say a lot of things in response to this question. Perhaps that joy is …

Marianist Father Bob Jones Embraces Vocation with Goodness and Hope by Kary Ellen Berger Rejoicing is one characteristic Father Bob Jones, SM, has embodied throughout his life from school, to priesthood and everywhere in between. A Fort Wayne, IN, native, Father Jones graduated from the University of Dayton (UD) with …

The Gospel teaches us that those blessed with earthly riches should strive to share their riches with our brothers and sisters who are less fortunate. Sometimes, the riches are an abundance of food and clothing; other times, it is the wisdom and grace to recognize a purpose God placed on …

Finding joy in little things by Eileen Connelly, OSU What brings us joy varies from person to person. Father George Jacquemin finds joy in a hobby that connects him to his roots and God’s creation: beekeeping. Raised on the family farm in Fairfield, Father Jacquemin often played with beekeeping equipment …

Whenever I think of joy, I think of Cardinal Timothy Dolan. During the late night show, The Colbert Report, Colbert asked Cardinal Dolan what name he would take if he was elected Pope. After a brief pause and a sly smile, Cardinal Dolan told Colbert—a Catholic himself—“Stephen,” inviting raucous applause …

The Good Samaritan Home in Haiti houses people who are elderly or have disabilities, and it recently welcomed Darcy. He struggles with mental health challenges, but came to the home because a car ran over his legs, breaking both severely. Thankfully, after several infections and a few operations, Darcy is …

Found in the Students and Chaplain at Royalmont Academy by John Stegeman When one has their eyes and heart fixed on Jesus, any occasion can be one of joy—even the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. Although the feast focuses on sadness, Legionaries of Christ Father Jesús Salinas said that’s …

In Lucinda Williams’ song, “Joy,” the narrator tells an unknown person (presumably a former lover), “I don’t want you anymore/‘Cause you took my joy.” Complaining, “You got no right to take my joy/I want it back,” the narrator announces his quest to recover his joy by searching in specific geographic …

Over the past year, my husband, Mark, and I saved and planned a big vacation for our 15th wedding anniversary. It involved a lot of work, including driving 14 hours one- way to drop our children off in Louisiana with family, taking multiple flights to various connecting airports, securing our …