Discussing the Joyful Mysteries connection to something of life, other than just happiness, something that demands more of the self. Joy feels effortless, but it is a response to the world and its demands, and it is willed. Here’s the beginning:
The Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary Inspire Joyful Witnesses to the Gospel
“To meditate upon the joyful mysteries … is to enter into the ultimate causes and the deepest meaning of Christian joy.” (Pope St. John Paul II)
Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, “The Nativity,” ca. 1665-1670 (photo: Public Domain)
The world would tell us that joy and peace are possible only when everything is perfect, when all tasks are finished. However, if we look at the lives of Jesus, Mary and Joseph reflected in the joyful mysteries of the Rosary, we know that the greatest joys came through struggle, through suffering, when everything was far from perfect. Through the joyful mysteries, God gives us a glimpse into how to weather the trials each of us faces in this world.
Read the Rest over at the Register