Choose a topic from Part 2B:

28. Joy

1. Spiritual joy, often called joy in God, is an effect ofcharity.

2. Spiritual joy admits no admixture of sorrow, for it isjoy in the divine wisdom of which Scripture says (Wisd. 8:16),"Her conversation hath no bitterness."

3. Spiritual joy is full and perfect when God is possessedby the soul, and nothing remains to be desired. It is manifest,therefore, that we cannot achieve the fullness of spiritual joyuntil we reach heaven.

4. Joy is not a virtue in itself; it is an act and aneffect of the virtue of charity, and it is numbered among thefruits of the Holy Ghost.

"Let persons in the world sanctify themselves in their own houses, for neither the court, professions, or labour, are any hindrance to the service of God."
St Philip Neri

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"Whoever wants to stand alone without the support of a master and guide will be like the tree that stands alone in a field without a proprietor. No matter how much the tree bears, passers-by will pick the fruit before it ripens. "
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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"Though the path is plain and smooth for people of good will, those who walk it will not travel far, and will do so only with difficulty if they do not have good feet, courage, and tenacity of spirit. "
St John of the Cross, OCD - Doctor of the Church

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