Saturday, November 19, 2005


I posted this recently on an email list.

I would like to share this with others - joy is such an important concept for me.

Friends and I have talked a lot about joy and unschooling and our kids and our faith. How they mesh.

A and I are reading Chesterton's "Orthodoxy". We bought it yesterday. There is a great quote on joy , which I'd like to share -

"Man is more himself, man is more manlike, when joy is the fundamental thing in him, and grief the superficial. Melancholy should be an innocent interlude, a tender and fugitive frame of mind; praise should be the permanent pulsation of the soul. Pessimism is at best an emotional half-holiday; joy is the uproarious labour by which all things live......

Joy, ..... is the gigantic secret of the Christian...."


Karen E. said...

Hello, Leonie!

I'm reminded of C.S. Lewis, too, who of course was influenced by Chesterton. In Screwtape, Lewis said:

"I divide the causes of human laughter into joy, fun, the joke proper and flippancy. You will see the first among friends and lovers reuniting on the eve of a holiday. Among adults some pretext in the way of jokes is usually provided, but the facility with which the smallest witticism produces laughter at such a time, shows that that's not the real cause. What the real cause is we do not know. Something like it is expressed in much of that detestable art which the humans call music, and something like it occurs in heaven."

And, in (I think) Letters to Malcolm, he said, "Joy is the serious business of heaven."

Karen E.

Cajun Cay said...

How ironic you shared this book!

I saw this book listed in *A Thomas Jefferson Education* last night.

I think the Holy Spirit is giving me subtle hints to read it. : )

Leonie said...

Karen and Cay,

Thanks for sharing your comments.

I love C.S. Lewis' Surprised by Joy - there goes that word again. :-)

A Thomas jeferson Education is on my list of books to read...


Cindy said...


Thank you so much for bringing these reminders to us and especially the beautiful resources, such as GKC. Joy is essential and such a beautiful part of our Catholic faith.

Keep sharing.. you are appreciated!