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“God is the source of all joy. When we rejoice in anything—our family and friends, our work and hobbies, a beautiful sunset, a moving symphony, or even a win by our favorite sports team, it is God who is behind it. The Creator of the world and everything in it has given us not only existence, but also the capacity to enjoy it. Every moment of joy we experience is like a gently whispered “I love you” from the One who caused it to be.” (Bishop John Michael Botean)

“A Christian is one who, wherever he looks, finds Christ and rejoices in Him. This joy transforms all his human plans and projects, decisions and actions, making all his mission [vocation] the sacrament of the world’s return to Him who is the life of the world." (Father Alexander Schmemann)

“A manifest sign of love for God is a heartfelt gladness in God, for we rejoice in what we love. Likewise love of God cannot exist without joy, and whenever one feels the sweetness of the love of God within his heart, he rejoices in God....This joy is spiritual and heavenly, and is a foretaste of the sweetness of eternal life." (St. Tikhon of Zadonsk)

“To feast upon the Lord is to draw our nourishment from him. We look to him for all we need in life—spiritually, emotionally, mentally, and physically. We learn to rejoice in him regardless of our circumstances.” (Skip McDonald)

“True happiness is to rejoice in the truth, for to rejoice in the truth is to rejoice in You, O God, who are the Truth—You, my God, my true Light, to whom I look for salvation. This is the happiness that all desire.” (St. Augustine)

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