Consecrated to the Heart of the Redeemer under the patronage of the Theotokos and Fr. Gerard Manley Hopkins, S.J.

16 December 2012

Sober Joy

Father George Rutler writes of the joy that characterizes the life of the Christian--particularly of the Right-Believer who embraces disciplines and hardships, yet whose devotion purifies self-consumption and encourages pure fun.

The Christian life is not meant to be a "valley of tears"; while I say this, I learned that phrase first from the Hail, Holy Queen, the time-honored prayer that most people know from the end of the Rosary.  Everyone has difficulties, but the disciple strives to contextualize his in the Heart of Christ and to draw Therefrom the peace and strength needed to remain of maximal service.

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