Food for your heart this morning…

When I see someone sad, I always think, she is refusing something to Jesus…Cheerfulness is a sign of a generous and mortified person who forgetting all things, even herself, tries to please God in all she does for souls.  Cheerfulness is often a cloak which hides a life of sacrifice, continual union with God, fervor and generosity.  A person who has this gift of cheerfulness very often reaches a great height of perfection.  For God loves a cheerful giver.”  ~ Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta

What are you holding back from God this morning?  It may be something small, like not enough sleep, or a kitchen full of dirty dishes, or something big, like caring for a very sick child or worrying about a husband who has lost his job, but if you are like me and struggling with cheerfulness, it is definitely something.  Praying for all our readers today, that you may all offer your burdens to Jesus and have a cheerful spirit!

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  • sara

    A very good thought for the morning and for the rest of my life. I will be cheerful! Thanks!!

  • Jeremiah 29:11

    Great post – perfect timing for me this morning.u00a0 Thank you!

  • Helen

    Great quote. Easier said than done, but definitely something to aspire to!

  • olivia demkowicz

    You know what’s funny? I think we sometimes assume the opposite of a cheerful person. We assume that cheerful people have no worries, no struggles, and are clearly living in an easy and luxurious life. Because if they were living any other life they would have no reason to be cheerful.They can’t possibly know what it is to suffer. I think Mother Teresa has some very important insight here. Thank you for sharing!

  • Amy B

    Thank to for this post! This quote will be posted in my kitchen so I can read it often! I too struggle with cheerfulness, and this was just the reminder I needed! Thank you!

  • Juliebaaki


  • Wow, I soooo needed to read this right at this moment.u00a0 Thank you!u00a0 God works in amazing ways 🙂

  • BMM

    LOVE this quote! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

  • Karen Bruner

    Thank you! u00a0Praying for you to have a cheerful spirit too 🙂

  • Kat

    You are so right, Olivia, sometimes we assume that those who are cheerful must live a charmed life. Mother Theresa was a beautiful example of cheerfulness, despite the many hardships that she faced every day! Her desire was truly to serve Our Lord and his people, and because her heart was rightly disposed she was able to radiate cheerfulness.nThis is a beautiful reflection, Red, thank you for sharing it. I love thinking of cheerfulness as true generosity, of giving everything to God and not holding any part of ourselves back due to our life circumstances.

  • JMB

    I don’t know Kat, if you ever listen to Fr. Benedict Groeshchal speak about Blessed Mother Teresa, I don’t know if “cheerfulness” aptly describes her personality, but I do like the quote and I try to be cheerful as often as I can!u00a0 Fr. James Martin S.J. also has a new book about this – Christian and Mirth?u00a0 Something like that. I’m going to check it out.

  • Jaime

    So good Red. What a good meditation for prayer today! Big hug!

  • Tree

    Great quote!! Praying for you and your baby Red!