Parallel texts from Pope Francis and Brother Charles-Be Joyful


Brother Charles writes:
"Be human, charitable and always joyful. You must always laugh, even in saying the simplest things. I, as you see, am always laughing, showing my horrible teeth. Laughter puts the person you are talking to in a good mood; it draws people closer together, allows them to understand each other better; it sometimes brightens up a gloomy character, it is charity"


Pope Francis writes:

'Joy is the air Christians breathe'

Referring to the passage from the Gospel of Mark, Pope Francis proposes the theme of being men and women bearing joy in his homily on Monday at Casa Santa Marta.
By Sr Bernadette Mary Reis, fsp
Referring to the rich young man who sadly walks away from Jesus because he cannot renounce his possessions, Pope Francis said that Christians cannot be like that. Joy is the Christians’ breath
It is “joy that Christians breath”, he said. Christians express themselves joyfully. Joy cannot be purchased or forced. “No”, the Pope said, “it is a fruit of the Holy Spirit. The one who puts joy in our hearts is the Holy Spirit”. Joy, fed by memory, generates hope and peace Memory is the solid rock on which the Christian finds joy. Remembering “what the Lord has done for us…regenerates us”, the Pope continued. That memory generates hope for what is to come in the future when we will meet the Son of God. Memory and hope allow Christians to live joyfully, and peace is joy lived to its perfection: Joy does not mean living from laugh to laugh. No, it’s not that. Joy is not entertainment. No, it’s not that. It is something else. Christian joy is peace, peace that is deeply rooted, peace in the heart, the peace that only God can give. This is Christian joy. It is not easy to foster this joy.