We had to skip our session last week because of scheduling issues. We expect more of these scheduling conflicts through October and early November. I do know that there are a number of people who are journeying with us from afar, so I plan to continue posting weekly for all of us. I welcome email (or other electronic means) responses to which I can respond and share with others. However, now we bravely push forward this week.
We began our consideration of the Eight Pillars of Joy with a lively discussion about how our perceptions on a given issue can affect our perspective This may occasion a change of our
perspective. For it is how we perceive events that can lead us to be happy or sad. How we feel and act has the possibility to change our actions, which may also change the world about us. Through that lens, we considered the second Pillar of Joy: Humility. Often, those who are humble, are perceived as weak or insecure. Yet, it takes a very secure person to be humble, especially when being confronted by an arrogant person. We will see how the Dalai Lama and the Archbishop break down barriers through Joy in Humility. Are we able to do the same?
Now, we move on to the third Pillar: Humor
Laughing with others or even at ourselves, can
prove to be a way of breaking down barriers and encouraging others to do the same, thus lessening tension. Have you ever tried this? What was your experience?
Lama, Dalai. The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World (p. 162). Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
post this study on Face Book as well as the St Jerome's website, https://www.saintjeromeschama.com/, I invite comments and questions from any of you who are not able to be physically with us, but find this study meaningful and would like to be a part of it. Please feel free to contact me at cpkellyL@aol.com
Bless you all,
Fr Colin Kelly