(Vatican Radio) Pope Francis on Saturday evening told future nuns and priests and consecrated laypeople to keep “freshness” and “joy” in their lives, as he said: “There is no sadness in holiness”.
Text from page en.radiovaticana.va/news/2013/07/06/pope_to_seminarians_and_novices:there_is_no_holiness_in_sadness/en1-708263
of the Vatican Radio website
I realize that in this context, the Pope seems to be using a distinction between sadness and the joy that comes with holiness, but it seems difficult to read this knowing that so much emotional sadness has occurred throughout the lives of holy people: the sorrows of Mary, Christ weeping, etc… Do you think the Pope is talking here about a different kind of sadness, distinct from the sadness experienced by Mary? Can sadness, in this sense, be holy?
[Please note, nowhere in the article besides the headline did I actually see the phrase “there is no holiness in sadness”, which I think is distinct from the Pope’s reported phrasing, “there is no sadness in holiness”. I have emailed Vatican Radio to let them know of this potential typo]