S1E1 – Joys R Us


Episode 1: “Joys R Us”
  1. The idea of joy is everywhere in Catholicism, including many Church documents on spreading the faith, such as:

Evangelii Gaudium:  http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/apost_exhortations/documents/papa-francesco_esortazione-ap_20131124_evangelii-gaudium.html

Amoris Laetetia: http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/apost_exhortations/documents/papa-francesco_esortazione-ap_20160319_amoris-laetitia.html

Gaudium et Spes: http://www.vatican.va/archive/hist_councils/ii_vatican_council/documents/vat-ii_const_19651207_gaudium-et-spes_en.html


  1. How would you define joy? As mentioned in the podcast, here’s what Webster’s 1828 Dictionary of the English Language says:



  1. Rejoice! I say it again, rejoice! From Philippians:



  1. Thomas Aquinas speaks of love springing forth from joy. “They’ll Know We Are Christians By Our Love” – Sing along with Good News Music Radio:



  1. Thoughts about the four levels of happiness people can pursue in life, as presented at the Healing the Culture evangelization website:



  1. Philosophy professor Peter Kreeft wrote this essay on joy, distinguishing it from happiness and pleasure:



  1. Paragraph 301 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church speaks of the joy that comes from recognizing God as our creator and trusting in Him. This is the first mention of joy in the Catechism:



  1. Bless the Lord! In Chapter 3 of the Book of Daniel, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego sing a joyful song glorifying the Lord after they have been thrown into a fiery furnace for their faith in the one true God.



  1. Paragraph 523 in the Catechism speaks of John the Baptist recognition of the Savior’s coming. Even before his birth, he leaped for joy in his mother’s womb:



  1. As referenced in this episode, Pope Francis concludes the encyclical “Light of Faith” with a joyful prayer for Mary’s intercession to help us carry our joyful faith out to all the world:



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