There is only one truly important thing: “Mary chose the better part” when she sat at the Lord’s feet (Lk 10:41-42). If you are not living an interior life, if Jesus is not the very life and soul of your activities then…. You fully understand the consequences of such living and so there is no need for me to repeat them here. (Cardinal Van Thuan, Five Loaves and Two Fish)
Joy is the surest indicator of the presence of God. And where there is joy there is found hope. Conduct a fearless moral inventory: When has joy been present in your life and why? When has joy been absent in your life and why?