DOMINICANS AND JOY


Floating on Lake Michigan 
Saint Dominic is known for his dedication to community, prayer, and study.  He is also known for his deep sense of joy.  Joy is a characteristic that both comes naturally and must be cultivated. Especially now!  I believe we have a gospel imperative, a mandate if you will, to be joyful.  And, I don’t mean Pollyanna.  I mean full of humor, with a leaning for fun.  Joy delights and finds goodness all around.  Joy seeks laughter.  It is contagious.   

What gives you joy?  Is it a good book?  Is it the company of treasured friends?  Is it a magnificent sunrise?  Is it a delicious treat?  I find joy in anything to do with water.  Some of my happiest moments throughout my life involve swimming, or just being in water.      

Being a joyful person allows you to bring joy to others.  This is an ingrained Dominican trait – spreading joy. 

What has given you joy lately?  How have you spread that joy?  

Peggy Ryan, OP
River Forest, IL

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