Reflection on Joy:

Joy is essential to the spiritual life. Whatever we may think of or say about God, when we are not joyful, our thoughts and words cannot bear fruit. Jesus reveals to us God’s love so that his joy may become ours and that our joy may become complete...Joy is not the same as happiness. We can be unhappy about many things, but joy can still be there because it comes from the knowledge of God’s love for us...Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day! -Henri Nouwen

Prayer for Faith and Vision:

God of our hopes and dreams, the love you offer always exceeds the furthest expression of our human longing, for you are greater than the human heart. By the power of your Spirit, make us dreamers of your dream for ourselves and for our world. Give us the faith and vision to make that dream a reality. Direct each thought, effort of our life, so that the limits of our faults and weaknesses may not obscure the vision of your glory or keep us from the peace you have promised. We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen! -Prayer of Pope Francis in Let Us Dream