I adore Pope Francis. I’m Roman Catholic—it comes with the gig.
Everyone can adore him along with me. He speaks plain, simple truth and honors the poor. That warms my heart.
During a recent homily in Casa Santa Marta, he spoke of joy in a way I had never processed.
I often pray that my children will seek God’s plan for their life and spread the Gospel. Pope Francis asserts that we can’t “have long faces” and do that.
Who doesn’t want their children to be happy? I do.
Now, I see that in doing so we help propel the Gospel.
Teaching them how to praise God is not as simple as it sounds.
I grew up in a very “praise” filled church. There wasn’t a Sunday that went by (or a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday or Friday) that I didn’t see hundreds of hands in the air, faces up and singing toward heaven. Sometimes I joined in, but mostly I watched and learned.
There was joy. Praise. And the Gospel being spread…..
Who wants to follow the same God that a “long face” follows?
Who wants to know what Jesus has done in the life of someone with a “long face”?
I’m up for losing any “long face” I have ever had. Forever.
This means I have to stop complaining, regretting, and resenting things in my life in the past or no where in my immediate future.
Our children watch our joyfulness, or lack there of.
Finding joy is not difficult. Holding on to it can be. Many life circumstances and conditions occur which make it doubly hard.
Seek help in losing any of the places which give you a “long face”. In doing so, you are honoring God’s creation.
When do you have a “long face”?
How do you praise God?
What can you do in your life to rid yourself of the “long face”?
This post is part of our eight-week series, “Spirited Mom: A Fruity Look at Mothering.” We’re focusing on a different Fruit of the Spirit each week, as it applies to mothering.