"A Christian is a man, or a woman, of joy: a man and a woman with joy in their heart. There is no Christian without joy!”
“The Christian identity card is joy, the Gospel’s joy, the joy of having been chosen by Jesus, saved by Jesus, regenerated by Jesus; the joy of that hope that Jesus is waiting for us, the joy that - even with the crosses and sufferings we bear in this life - is expressed in another way, which is peace in the certainty that Jesus accompanies us, is with us. "
"The Christian grows in joy through trusting in God. God always remembers his covenant....the Christian knows that God remembers him, that God loves him, that God accompanies him, that God is waiting for him. And this is joy."
"Remember well: a Christian is a man, and a woman, of joy, joy in the Lord; a man and a woman of wonder."
~excerpts from 5/23/16 homily of Pope Francis
Yet I will rejoice in the Lord,
I will joy in the God of my salvation.