t is our hope, that as we are invited into the joy that these two amazing men share in their relationship, we also will live more into joy as these men have and as Jesus did. "These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full." John 15:11
We have not met for the past two weeks and I have not sent out a notice of what to read and what we will discuss during that time. Consequently, I will try to share a bit of a bridge from where we were to where can get back on track:
In the section entitled Days 2 and 3 Obstacles to Joy, we read and discussed the three chapters under this heading entitled: Fear, Stress, and Anxiety; Frusration and Anger; and Sadness and Grief. Certainly, these are not definitions of joy! Rather, through the lives of the Dalai and the Archbishop, we learn of the circumstances in their lives and ministry which have both challenged and shaped their response of joy to the events of their lives.
The complete title of Sadness and Grief is Sadness and Grief: Hard Times Knit Us More Closely Together. To quote the author of the book on this point:"Sadness is seemingly the most direct challenge to joy, but as the Archbishop argued strongly, it often leads us most directly to empathy and compassion and to recognizing our need for one another." Do you agree and how might this lead to joy?
The Dalai Lama and the Archbishop go on to share experiences and stories in which people have been brought together through hard times, rather than being divided into opposing camps. Do you believe that now is the time in our own nation and world to be brought together in the hard times? What steps might bring us more closely together?
Lama, Dalai. The Book of Joy: Lasting Happiness in a Changing World (p. 110). Penguin Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.
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Bless you all,
Fr Colin Kelly