Happiness and Laughter


#21

Would you please share this homily with us?


#22

It’s interesting to do a search for the words “happy”, “happiness”, and “beatitude” on this website: http://www.scborromeo.org/ccc.htm.

That’s a link to an online Catechism of the Cathloic Church. Anyway, what can be a surprising teaching of our church is that God wants us to be happy, that’s always been His intention for man and He created us with that very desire.


#23

sorry i don’t have them


#24

In mainland Europe it is, to this day, quite common to have fiestas on Holy Days and patronal feast days.

Yesterday, in Weymouth, UK where I live we had a carnival. Apparently it was started by Edward II in 1318. I’m only guessing but I think that historically it must have been to celebrate the Assumption.
After Mass yesterday Father told everyone to go out and have fun at the carnival because it was such a great feast.

Where I used to live in Oxford, UK there is St Giles’ Fair on, I think, the Monday after the first Sunday after the feast of St Giles (typically Oxford).

Basically no we are happy in God’s name. I would be interested in reading the sermon you spoke about though.


#25

It would be very good to know in which context he said this.


#26

He taught this in multiple homilies spread throughout several 800-1000 page books. The books can be found on-line at the link shared below, volumes IX - XIV. Individual homilies can be pulled up and searched; I would suggest searching on the word “laughter”. I have all but one of the volumes on my Kindle, but searching takes me to the spot in the text, without identifying which homily I’m looking at.

http://ecmarsh.com/fathers/npnf1/index.html

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#27

Ty!

I’ll take a look. I happen to have books about patristic that include homilies, letters and etc. but I really don’t remember St. John Chrysostom being that harsh on laughter. And even if he were, it doesn’t mean it is a sin to do so.

Edit: But I guess the way of Christian Perfection doesn’t include laughter (based on the teachings of Saint Thereza de Avila)


#28

Oh no… Does that mean it is sinful to laugh?


#29

But wait…


#30

As I said, it isn’t a sin


#31

Update: she died.


#32

The Saints usually advocate a love for the cross and sufferings. Also an detachment from all earthly things and a lot of mortification. Who have you been reading about?


#33

Hmm, have you read Philip Neri? Saints wrote countless tracts, they’re not all suitable for everyone.


#34

Praying for her and all her family and friends in this difficult time.


#35

"From silly devotions and sour-faced saints, good Lord, deliver us.”

-attributed to St. Theresa of Avila

I’ll pray for your friend’s soul.


#36

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