We’re tempted to move because of life’s hardships. Surely the grass is greener or the neighbors nicer in another pasture. Surely life would be better and God would be closer elsewhere. Monasticism offers radical hope with the wisdom of stability: remain and find God here.
– Br. Luke Ditewig, SSJE
Joy is a gift; it’s a spiritual gift. Genenally speaking, if you want to receive a gift, don’t keep your hands in your pockets. Open your heart and open your hands to receive the gift of joy. Cooperate with God.