a spirit of joy

“How necessary it is to cultivate a spirit of joy.  It is a psychological truth that the physical acts of reverence and devotion make one feel devout.  The courteous gesture increases one’s respect for others.  To act lovingly is to begin to feel loving, and certainly to act joyfully brings joy to others which in turn makes one feel joyful.  I believe we are called to the duty of delight.”  ~ Dorothy Day



  1. Cynthia says:

    Love Dorothy Day!! The “duty of delight” resonates with me…Thanks for posting this Amy!! God Bless

    1. Amy @ Love and Be Loved says:

      I just came across another passage on duty and happiness by Father Laurence of the Monks of New Skete based on Matthew 17:3. “Lord,” exclaimed Peter, “it is wonderful for us to be here!” All at once our spirituality seems simple and infinitely complex. Thank God for his gifts of wisdom and all the fruits of his Spirit.

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