Fr. John Catoir
. . . Messenger of Joy
Welcome to my web site. Believe it or not I'm on the web so that your joy
may be full. Actually, we have so much for which to be grateful. If you think
about it, every single thing we own or have has been given to us as a gift
we buy, the earth, plants and flowers, all of nature.

The only thing we have that we can give back to God,
really, is our trust in His love and His mercy.  
So why aren't we more joyful?
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Julian of Norwich wrote these inspired words,
"The greatest honor we can give to Almighty God, greater
than all our sacrifices and mortifications, is to live gladly,
joyfully, because of the knowledge of His love."

Wouldn't it be wonderful if we could do that? Of course it would, and we can.
Jesus wants us to. Remember His words at the Last Supper,
"I have told you all these things that
your joy may be full." John 15:11.

St. Paul echoed the Lord's teaching when he said, "Rejoice always, and
give thanks in all circumstances, for this is is the will of God for you in
Christ Jesus."   I Cor. 5:16

The question before us therefore, is not whether such a life is possible,
but how can we attain it? And the answer is found in the words of Jesus.
He gives us the secret, but we must act on it. When He speaks, we must not only
listen, but obey. For instance, when Jesus says,
"Be of good cheer. Though it is true, in this world you will have many
troubles, always remember, I have overcome the world. " John 16:33.

If you really listen to these words in a spirit of obedience, you will want to lift up your
drooping spirit. Faith is not merely a matter of pious devotions,
true faith is found in the degree of one's determination to obey the Lord.

Jesus emphasized this point, "If you love Me, and obey Me, I will ask the Father
and He will give you a Comforter, and He will never leave you. " John 14:15,16.
This Comforter is none other than the Holy Spirit.
"The fruit of the Spirit is joy."Gal. 5:2

Joy is the infallible sign of the presence of the Holy Spirit.
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In fact, he gave these remarks on October 2, 1979, in Harlem:

"Christ came to bring joy: joy to children, joy to parents, joy to families,
and to friends, joy to workers and to scholars, joy to the sick and to the
elderly, joy to all humanity.  In a true sense, joy is the keynote of the
Christian message and the recurring motif of the Gospels […]
Go, therefore, and become Messengers of Joy."

But how many people have never known this joy? They feed on
emptiness and tread the paths of despair.  And we need not look to the
far ends of the earth for them.  They live in our neighborhoods, they
walk down our streets, they may even be members of our own families.  
They live without true joy because they live without hope.  They live
without hope because they have never heard, really heard, the Good
News of Jesus Christ, because they have never met a brother or sister
who touched their lives with the love of Jesus and lifted them up from their misery.
We must go to them therefore as messengers of hope.  We must bring to them the
witness of true joy."  
-Pope John Paul II, Oct. 2, 1979. Harlem.
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We are called -- each of us -- to be messengers of joy to others.

Genuine faith therefore, listens to the words of Jesus, and takes them to
heart. When Jesus says "Cheer up," you must snap yourself out of the
doldrums. Guard your mind against negative thinking. Reject every sign
of self-pity.  What is the psychology behind all this? It is this: the
thoughts you allow yourself to think will always determine the state of
your emotional life. As thunder follows lightening, so will painful
emotions follow negative thinking.

Therefore think of the good you've done, not the bad; think of the love
you've received not the hate; think of the laughter you've shared, not the
tears. Focus on God's unchanging Love, and be grateful in all
circumstances. Since it pleases God to see you enjoy your precious life,
why not make this effort? Live joyfully because of the knowledge of His
love. To do so you must will it. Jesus says, "Be not afraid. " Luke, 12:4.

So you must cancel all those fearful thoughts which cause you emotional
pain. If you don't know how to accomplish this, then turn your life over to
the Lord and ask Him to do it for you.
Pray as if everything depended on God,
and act as if everything depended on you.

Joy is the byproduct of listening to and obeying the words of Jesus.
Joy is also the byproduct of our intimacy with the indwelling Trinity.

"Rejoice with those who rejoice, be sad with those who sorrow.
Treat everyone with equal kindness. Never be condescending, but
make real friends with the poor. Let everyone know you are
interested in the highest ideals." Romans 12:15.

I hope these words help you to find your higher calling.  
I hope you are drawn into the joy and love of
Jesus Christ in your own life.

"Go, therefore, and become messengers of joy!"