21 October 2011

True and perfect joy

For the joy announced to [Mary] is not the banal joy clung to in forgetfulness of the abysses of our being and so condemned to plunge into the void.  It is the real joy that gives us the courage to venture the exodus of love into the burning holiness of God.  It is the true joy that pain does not destroy but first brings to its maturity.  Only the joy that stands the test of pain and is stronger than affliction is authentic.

- Pope Benedict XVI

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