joy

Choosing to Enjoy Life Amidst Anxieties and Troubles

Choosing to Enjoy Life Amidst Anxieties and Troubles

“Do you know,” said Anne confidentially, “I’ve made up my mind to enjoy this drive.  It’s been my experience that you can nearly always enjoy things if you make up your mind firmly that you will.”

In this scene, eleven-year-old Anne is facing the prospect of being sent back to an orphan asylum because…

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Sloth: A Shrinking from Love

Sloth: A Shrinking from Love

Sloth can be a difficult sin to identify.  The other capital sins are “active” sins: we consciously choose to do something evil.  Sloth is a sin of omission: we fail to do something good.  It is easy to dismiss because we’re not actively doing any harm—or so we think.

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Joy – Living it in Daily Life

Joy – Living it in Daily Life

Do you ever struggle to live joy in daily life? I do. Too often, I’m inclined to confuse it with the conscious feeling of happiness. That’s not joy, though; joy is a virtue, a state of mind, not a feeling. You can possess it even amidst the greatest sufferings. You can even radiate it without realizing it. But how?

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