My joy is returning! In one morning, I browsed the shelves of the public library, wandered around a favorite bookstore until I found four books I just had to have, bought local fresh produce at the downtown farmers’ market, “traveled the world” in our local fair-trade craft store, and enjoyed a tall-decaf-skinny-chestnut-praline latte. So many ordinary things that bring such joy!
Before I ventured out for my morning activities, I had read excerpts from an address of Pope Francis to the people of Brazil in July 2013. (cited in Care for Creation: A Call for Ecological Conversion, Orbis Books, 2016) Speaking directly to the young people in the audience, Pope Francis said:
“Never yield to discouragement, do not lose trust, do not allow your hope to be extinguished. Situations can change, people can change. Be the first to seek to bring good, do not grow accustomed to evil, but defeat it with good.”
Q. What ordinary everyday actions bring you joy?
Q. How do you fight against discouragement?