Let us all rejoice in
the Lord and keep festival in honor of the Peters and Pauls and Andrews, the Benedicts and Francises, the Scholasticas and Clares, the Peter Clavers and the Roses, the Dorothy Days and Thomas Mertons, the Mother Teresas and Katharine Drexels, the martyrs and confessors in our midst.
Now is the time for Christians to rejoice, since Scripture says that we should rejoice in
our sufferings, knowing that suffering trains us to endure with patience, patient endurance makes us pleasing to God, and being pleasing to God gives us ground for a hope that will not be disappointed.
To be full of true joy, rejoice in
truth alone." This intellectualism owed to the influence of Augustine, as is evident from Ficino's interpretation of the definition of happiness in the Confessions.
WILT Thou not revive us again: that Thy people may rejoice in
11am Choral Eucharist, Introit: Carol of the Advent -- Velu, Hymns -- The saviour will come, Missa Papae Marcelli -- Palestrina, Magnificat -- Andrew Carter (Wakefield Service) Rejoice in the Lord -- anon.
11am High Mass, Missa Brevis -- Seiber, Rejoice in the Lord -- Anon, The Spirit of the Lord -- Elgar.
Our Lord has revealed it, the Church teaches it, the entire heavenly court lives it, and I rejoice in
loving gratitude and will (hopefully) forever honour it.
It's difficult to rejoice in
the goodness when we also see the glitches, in the apple when we can't overlook the worm, but rejoice we can.
Make a conscious effort and choose to rejoice in
the midst of every circumstance - good or bad.
Every day we can rejoice in
the Christmas story, the Easter story, and the coming of the Holy Spirit.