Updated February 6, 2018



Christian Joy Page

When Christians of different denominations work together, we discover that we have similar problems. We exchange experiences and become more joyful. The Holy Spirit, who dwells in each Christian, is the spirit of joy. (Gal. 5:22-23)

Fr. Ron Rolheiser, OMI, and Christian Joy
In a retreat for the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, Fr. Ron Rolheiser, OMI, president of the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, TX, always began each presentation with a joke. He explained why: "I came home from the seminary one summer, and was surprised to find my mother watching a soap opera on TV. I asked her why she watched such trash. She looked me right in the eye and said: 'Because it makes me laugh, which you don't.' Ever since then, I begin my talks with a joke." Joyful Noiseletter, July-August, 2017, p. 2, submitted by Fr. Harry Winter, OMI.

Founder of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, St. Eugene deMazenod (1782-1861), appears to the current USA provincial leader.

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 Kids Learn by Observing ...or Not

A priest was invited to a house party.  Naturally, he was properly dressed and wearing his priest's collar.  A  little boy kept staring at him the entire evening.  Finally, the priest asked the little boy what he was staring at.

The little boy pointed to the priest's neck.  When the priest finally realized what the boy was pointing at, he asked the boy:  "Do you know why I am wearing this?"

The boy nodded his head yes, and replied "It kills fleas and ticks for up to three months." (given to me by Methodist Gerry Manwarren, magazine unknown).




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This explains why friends forward jokes.

I've never thought of it this way before.

A man and his dog were walking along a road.
The man was enjoying the scenery,

When it suddenly occurred to him that he was dead.

He remembered dying and that the dog walking

Beside him had been dead for years.

He wondered where the road was leading them.

 

After a while, they came to a high, white stone

Wall along one side of the road.

 

It looked like fine marble.

At the top of a long hill, it was broken by a tall arch

That glowed in the sunlight.

 

When he was standing before it, he saw a magnificent

Gate in the arch that looked like mother-of-pearl and

The street that led to the gate looked like pure gold.

 

He and the dog walked toward the gate, and as he got

Closer, he saw a man at a desk to one side.



When he was close enough, he called out,

Excuse me, where are we? 

 

This is Heaven, sir, the man answered.

Wow! Would you happen to have some water?

The man asked.

Of course, sir. Come right in, and I'll have

Some ice water brought right up.

The man gestured, and the gate began to open.

Can my friend, gesturing toward his dog,

come in, too? the traveler asked.

I'm sorry, sir, but we don't accept pets.

The man thought a moment and then turned

Back toward the road and continued the way

He had been going with his dog.

After another long walk, and at the top of another

Long hill, he came to a dirt road leading through a

Farm gate that looked as if it had never been closed. 

 There was no fence.

As he approached the gate, he saw a man inside,

Leaning against a tree and reading a book.

Excuse me! he called to the man.

Do you have any water?

Yeah, sure, there's a pump over there,

Come on in.

How about my friend here? the traveler

Gestured to the dog.

There should be a bowl by the pump, said the man.

They went through the gate, and sure enough, there

Was an old-fashioned hand pump with a bowl beside it.

The traveler filled the water bowl and took a long

Drink himself, then he gave some to the dog.

 

When they were full, he and the dog walked back

Toward the man who was standing by the tree.

What do you call this place? the traveler asked. 

 

This is Heaven, he answered.

 

Well, that's confusing, the traveler said.

 The man down the road said that was Heaven, too.'

 

Oh, you mean the place with the gold street and pearly

Gates? Nope. That's Hell.

 

Doesn't it make you mad for them to use your name like that?

 

No, we're just happy that they screen out the folks who would

Leave their best friends behind.

 

So-o-o-o. Now you see, sometimes, we wonder why friends

Keep forwarding stuff to us without writing a word.

 

Maybe this will explain it.

When you are very busy, but still want to keep in touch,

Guess what you do?  You forward emails!

 

When you have nothing to say, but still want to keep contact,

You forward jokes!

 

When you have something to say, but don't know what,

And don't know how . . . . You forward stuff!

A 'forward' lets you know that . . .

. . . You are still remembered,

. . . You are still important,

. . . You are still loved,

. . . You are still cared for.

So, next time if you get a 'forward',

Don't think that you've been sent just another forwarded joke,

But that you've been thought of today

And your friend on the other end of your computer

Wanted to send you a smile.

You are welcome at my water bowl anytime !!


So here's to keeping in touch . . ..

Even if it means only forwarding on an email !

For Rod Sterlings "Twilight Zone" adaptation of this story please click here

 
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FUNNY CHURCH SIGNS
 

FUNNY CHURCH SIGNS
 

YOU CAN TELL 'EM IN CHURCH

 

YOU CAN TELL 'EM IN CHURCH
 
Two boys were walking home from Sunday school after hearing a strong preaching on the devil.One said to the other, 'What do you think about all this Satan stuff? 'The other boy replied, 'Well, you know how Santa Claus turned out. It's probably just your Dad.'

 
Attending a wedding for the first time, a little girl whispered to her mother, 'Why is the bride dressed in white?''The mother replied, 'Because white is the color of happiness, and today is the happiest day of her life.' The child thought about this for a moment then said,'So why is the groom wearing black?
 
A little girl, dressed in her Sunday best, was running as fast as she could, trying not to be late for Bible class. As she ran she prayed, 'Dear Lord, please don't let me be late! Dear Lord, please don't let me be late!' While she was running and praying, she tripped on a curb and fell, getting her clothes dirty and tearing her dress. She got up, brushed herself off, and started running again! As she ran she once again began to pray, 'Dear Lord, please don't let me be late, but please don't shove me either!'

 
Three boys are in the schoolyard bragging about their fathers. The first boy says, 'My Dad scribbles a few words on a piece of paper, he calls it a poem, they give him $50.' The second boy says, 'That's nothing. My Dad scribbles a few words on piece of paper, he calls it a song, they give him $100. The third boy says, 'I got you both beat. My Dad scribbles a few words on a piece of paper, he calls it a sermon, and it takes eight people to collect all the money!'
 
A police recruit was asked during the exam, 'What would you do if you had to arrest your own mother?' He answered, 'Call for backup.''

 
A Sunday School teacher asked her class why Joseph and Mary took Jesus with them to Jerusalem. A small child replied, 'They couldn't get a babysitter.'
 
An elderly woman died last month. Having never married, she requested no male pallbearers. In her handwritten instructions for her memorial service, she wrote, 'They wouldn't take me out while I was alive, I don't want them to take me out when I'm dead.'

 
You don't stop laughing because you grow old. You grow old because you stop laughing! Take heed and pass these along to people who need a laugh. I thought you would enjoy this. 'They haven't found a way to tax you for laughing yet.'
 
At Sunday School they were teaching how God created everything, including human beings. Little Johnny seemed especially intent when they told him how Eve was created out of one of Adam's ribs. Later in the week his mother noticed him lying down as though he were ill, and she said, 'Johnny, what is the matter?' Little Johnny responded, 'I have pain in my side. I think I'm going to have a wife.'

 
A Sunday school teacher was discussing the Ten Commandments with her five and six year olds. After explaining the commandment to 'Honor thy father and thy mother,' she asked, 'Is there a commandment that teaches us how to treat our brothers and sisters?' Without missing a beat, one little boy answered, 'Thou shall not kill.'


Irish Boy and the Nuns








In their highly acclaimed book The Book of Joy, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the Dalai Lama and Douglas Abrams have stated:  "Joy is much bigger than happiness."  Published in 2016 by Random House, I highly recommend this book, which explores how joy can become a lasting way of being (p. 5). Both leaders have suffered immensely, so this is not a nave book, but a book of experience and growth.

Martin Luther on Joyful Christianity

 Flee from sorrow, whose author is Satan.  God is the enemy of sorrow, and pursues it with all His words, the Holy Spirit, the sacraments, the Gospel.  God wants us to be happy and hates sadness.  God is not a God of sadness, but the devil is.  Christ is a God of joy.  It is pleasing to the dear God whenever thou rejoices and laughest from the bottom of thy heart.  A Christian should and must be a cheerful person (Table Talks, used in The Joyful Noiseletter, 30 (Sept.-Oct. 2015, 5) 1.


Highly Recommended:  The Fellowship of Merry Christians, with their Joyful Noiseletter, and the Chicken Soup for the Soul group.

The Fellowship of Merry Christians has a website (www.JoyfulNoiseletter.com)  and six times a year publication, The Joyful Noiseletter, especially recognized for its cartoons.  Better than the cartoons of the New Yorker magazine, according to experts. Many, many great books on joyful Christianity are listed on the website.

 The Chicken Soup for the Soul group is less religious and more spiritual.  Its motto is "Changing lives one story at a time," and its website www.chickensoup.com. This Christmas I was given their book Chicken Soup for the Soul, My Very Good, Very Bad Cat, and I found many of the stories to deeply resonate with a spirituality which comes to you from the side, rather than directly.

Martin Luther, the Christmas Tree and 95 Theses, according to Garrison Keillor 

It is reliably reported that Martin Luther was the first person to have a Christmas tree inside his home, after he renounced his Catholic priesthood and married.  However, Garrison Keillor is reported by one of our Oblates to have explained it this way.  Luther was out in the woods for a little walk, and as he passed the pine tree, a branch hit him in the face.  He was so angry he chopped the tree down.  Only then did he decide it would look nice, decorated, inside the house.

 A search on the internet has failed to find this story.  But Keillor did write a spoof on Luther's 95 theses:  click here. (And see the first click below for Keillor's "Singing with Lutherans").


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Pope Francis and the Jesuit Sense of Humor

 In his remarkable book Between Heaven and Mirth, Jesuit Father James Martin, S.J., writes the following, about the founder of the Jesuits, St. Ignatius of Loyola, which may explain part of Pope Francis' Jesuit sense of humor.


    During my Jesuit novitiate, the New England provincial superior, the man in charge of the Jesuits of the region, visited our community.  As he was an authority figure, many of us were rather nervous about his visit. To open his discussion he recounted a (true) story that came from the autobiography of St. Ignatius of Loyola.

    One day, after Ignatius' conversion, he was riding on a mule when he came upon another man on the road also riding on a mule. In the course of their brief conversation, the man insulted the Virgin Mary and then rode off. Ignatius, who was still very much of a hothead, waxed furious.

So he started to think about murder.  But, try as he might, he was unable to decide whether he should kill the man or not. At that moment he reached a (literal) fork in the road. Ignatius decided to leave the fate of the blasphemer up to his mule As he wrote in his autobiography, "If the mule took the village road, I would seek him out and stab him; if the mule did not go toward the village, but took the highway, I would let him be." Fortunately for all concerned, the donkey chose the highway.

After the provincial told us novices this story about Ignatius, he smiled and said:  "Ever since then, asses have been making decisions in the Jesuits" (pp. 169-70).

 

Preparation for the 499th anniversary of Luther's Theses, Oct. 31, 2016.

 On this past Reformation Sunday, grandma was sitting in the pew with her 8-year-old grandson, Luke.  After the children's sermon about the Reformation, grandma pointed out to Luke, in the hymnal the song we were going to sing, "A Mighty Fortress is our God." At the bottom of the page, Luke read "Text by Martin Luther."

Luke innocently exclaimed, "you mean I can text Martin Luther!" He was ready to do so with his cell phone in hand.

Joyful Noiseletter, March-April, 2016, p. 2, by Rev. Dr. Clifton J. Suehr, Holy Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, Irwin, PA.


Subitted by Beth Nelson

The Lord's Supper, a Bittersweet Experience?  

Many Christians have heard the story that at the Passover Meal during which Jesus instituted the Lord's supper, He looked around the room and realized that all, with the possible exception of John, would betray Him (Peter in a spectacular manner).  He then raised His hand towards the waiter and said "Separate checks."  

For Christians, the Lord's Supper or Mass is the source of both joy and sorrow.  See especially the items on the Eucharistic Hospitality page, and the item regarding the Synod of Bishops on the home page, for ways to overcome the sorrow.

Nov.-Dec. 2015 Joyful Noiseletter, p. 3.
 

Little John the Baptist

Matt..18:4-5
"Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
And who ever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me. "
 


Johnny's Mother looked out the window and noticed him "playing church" with their cat.
 
He had the cat sitting quietly and he was preaching to it. She smiled and went about her work.

A while later she heard loud meowing and hissing and ran back To the open window to see Johnny baptizing the cat in a tub of water.
 
She called out, "Johnny, stop that! The cat is afraid of water!"
 
Johnny looked up at her and said, "He should have thought about that before he joined my church."


Send this to someone who needs a laugh today and remember:

Knowing scripture can save your life - in more ways than one!

Have a great day, Feed your faith and your doubts will starve to death...

Pope Francis as joyful recommended by Ellen DeGeneres

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Adlai Stevenson vs Norman Vincent Peale over JFK  

As the campaign in 1959 and 1960 heated up, the famous Protestant leader Norman Vincent Peale came out with a very public statement that he did not believe a Catholic could be president, because of connections to the Pope.  Adlai Stevenson, also a Protestant, who had been the Democratic Party's candidate for president both in 1952 and 1956, quipped:  I find St. Paul appealing, and St. Peale appalling

 

 

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