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.

"Every man naturally desires knowledge; but what good is knowledge without fear of God? Indeed a humble rustic who serves God is better than a proud intellectual who neglects his soul to study the course of the stars."
Thomas á Kempis

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"The more you know and the better you understand, the more severely will you be judged, unless your life is also the more holy. Do not be proud, therefore, because of your learning or skill. Rather, fear because of the talent given you."
Thomas á Kempis

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"What good does it do to speak learnedly about the Trinity if, lacking humility, you displease the Trinity? Indeed it is not learning that makes a man holy and just, but a virtuous life makes him pleasing to God. "
Thomas á Kempis

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