Sep 1, 2018 filed under Joy.

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Two great presentations closing out the National Council of Catholic Women convention in Pittsburgh. Tonight (Saturday) we tapped our feet and dosey-doe’d to Echo Valley Bluegrass, a band of 7 siblings (six girls and a boy).

Video below of five of the sisters rocking bluegrass in their living room.

And a great presentation by Bob Rice this morning on JOY. The video below gives a taste of his wonderful music. And here are a few quotes from his talk:

You can’t be joyful and fearful at the same time! Sorrow is not the opposite of joy — the opposite of joy is fear.

JOY is a fruit — to have this fruit, we need to have a good root — in God.

When we feel weak in our life, it’s because we’ve lost our joy.

Some lyrics from Bob Rice’s song, “No Longer Slaves”
You split the sea so I could walk right through it
My fears were drowned in perfect love.

Have a great Labor Day weekend!

Love always,

6 Responses to “A Taste of Joy”

  1. Tom Roberts

    I have friends at my church, Our Lady Queen of Peace, whose actions bring joy to themselves and to the ones they serve. Then there is the greatest joy ever spoken: “This is my beloved son, with whom I am well pleased.”

    • Rose Folsom

      Amen! May we all hear those words when the time comes — and we can’t miss, if we keep uniting ourselves with the Beloved Son himself.

  2. Linda Hartzell

    It was so good to see you at Convention. Thank you for your presence (and hugs).

    Learning about the good works of our sisters in faith was so inspiring to me…lots of ideas to take home to my diocese.

    I went for a much needed walk this morning and saw this bumper sticker:
    “Too blessed to be stressed”. So true!!!

    Have a quiet and joyful day.

  3. Sal

    Hi Rose!

    Yes. Joy is one of the fruits of the spirit St. Paul talks about to the Galatians. I don’t think I realized the opposite of joy is actually fear, not sorrow!

    Beautiful Christmas tree and wonderful music as well!

    God bless you!

    • Rose Folsom

      Yes, because joy and sorrow often come together (as with Mary at the foot of the cross), it is only fear that drives out joy. Because the root of joy is our connection with God and only fear can put a dent in that (fear being the root of all sin).
      You’re right that it’s not a connection we normally make!