Commentary on the Gospel of


People who are capable of the deepest joy are also capable of the deepest sadness, because they are responding to life as it comes.  But others become mired forever in a half-way place, experiencing neither joy nor sorrow.  Joy is the chief characteristic of a Christian—“joy even in tribulation,” as Johannes Tauler said—and one of the fruits of the Spirit (see Gal 5:2).


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