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Joy and Sorrow

“Sorrow is one of the things that are lent, not given. A thing that is lent may be taken away; a thing that is given is not taken away. Joy is given; sorrow is lent; … then it will be taken away and everlasting joy will be our Father’s gift to us, and the Lord God will wipe away all tears from off all faces.” (Amy Carmichael)

"It is important for us to talk and to share with one another our thoughts, sorrows, joys, and so on. No doubt about it. In fact I think we don’t do enough of that today, when we are so often “alone together” even as a family, with each member staring into his or her computer/ phone while sitting at the same table." (Sr. Dr. Vassa Larin)

“If we are tempted to base our hope on the goods of this temporal life, then we ought to heed Solomon’s warning: “Sorrow does not mingle with gladness, but in the end, this joy turns to sorrow” (Prv 14:13). Given God’s enduring gifts to us – the Cross and the Resurrection, which provide a true foundation for joy – it is sad when we depend upon fluctuating circumstances as the source our happiness. Such dependence and instability in our faith runs contrary to God’s will.” (Dynamis 10/4/2018)

“When Christ is in our heart, we are contented with everything: what has been discomfort to us becomes the greatest comfort, what was bitter to us becomes sweet, poverty becomes wealth, our hunger is satisfied, and our sorrow turns into joy!” (St. John of Kronstadt)

“As we embrace Christ as the center of our lives, the Holy Spirit as Comforter—Paraclete— guides us from darkness to light, from sorrow to joy! St. Paul inspires the Church “to rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep” (Romans 12:15)…[we] are encouraged to celebrate with each other through joyous occasions and comfort each other through sorrow.” (Patricia Manuse)

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