29 October 2015

TSSF Principles, Day 29

(29) This joy is a divine gift, coming from union with God in Christ. It is still there even in times of darkness and difficulty, giving cheerful courage in the face of disappointment, and an inward serenity and confidence through sickness and suffering. Those who possess it can rejoice in weakness, insults, hardships, and persecutions for Christ’s sake; for when we are weak, then we are strong.
In reading this, we must remember that these are principles, not a rule. Tertiaries are not expected to fake joy when the going gets tough. Rather this has the form of a promise: even when life seems intolerable, something of the divine joy will slip through; there will be a light in the darkness; there will be moments of laughter in the midst of sadness, of joy in the midst of grief.

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