Pope Francis: Christians are people of joy

Joy is a gift from God. It fills us from within. It Is like an anointing of the Spirit. And this joy is the certainty that Jesus is with us and with the Father. This was the focus of Pope Francis’ homily at morning Mass in Santa Marta. He said: “A Christian is a man and a woman of joy. Jesus teaches us this, the Church teaches us this, in a special way in this [liturgical]time. What is this joy? Is it having fun? No: it is not the same. Fun is good, eh? Having fun is good. But joy is more, it is something else. It is something that does not come from short term economic reasons, from momentary reasons : it is something deeper. It is a gift. Fun, if we want to have fun all the time, in the end becomes …

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