Joy is a issue all of us love. We all certainly want to be happy, to have what causes us pleasure, to be free from what is distressing and irksome.
The Church sings to Our Lady: “Thy Birth, O Virgin Mother of God, announced pleasure to the whole international.” Why become this? Because Jesus was to come through Her. Jesus is the Joy of the complete global, of every soul that ever became or ever could be created, and this joy got here thru Mary.
Without Jesus, Who has redeemed us from sin and Hell, there would be no joy for us, both on this global or in the next. But greater than this, Mary’s consent was essential, in order that Jesus might turn out to be our Redeemer. Our Lord could not even have come, had She not consented to be His Mother. She, as the Fathers of the Church tell us, cooperated in our Redemption through Her full and unfastened consent to supply Jesus to demise for us. Could She not, for instance, have interceded with Pilate for the life of Her Son, and got witnesses to show His innocence? But She knew Jesus changed into presented due to the fact He Himself willed it, and so She remained silent, hidden, patient, struggling all in Him and with Him, knowing completely, as none different ever will, the motives for it all. This is the first manner wherein She is the “Cause of Our Joy,” via Her percentage in our Redemption.
And additionally thru Her function in the Kingdom of Her Son, all of the joys that come to us via the Divine Kingdom of Grace, the Sacraments, and the Church, bypass through the palms of Her Who is the Queen of the Church Militant, Triumphant, and Suffering. But by no means on this international we could recognise completely how Mary is genuinely the Cause of Our Joy. It is handiest while we get to Heaven that we will see how Her prayers, Her maternal solicitude, Her effective assist, followed us in each step of our lives, how She interceded for us in our sorrows that we would receive consolation and consolation, how She presented our petitions to Her Son, and helped to get our prayers replied, how She stored us from temptations and falls. How She, the Star of the Sea, piloted us thru the limitless storms and shipwrecks on the sea of lifestyles. Above all, how we shall love to salute Her because the “Cause of Our Joy,” while at remaining we input the heavenly Jerusalem, and Mary provides us to Jesus, because the fruit of Her tears, labors, and sufferings! “My electricity is in Jerusalem.”
When Our Lord stated to Her at the Cross, “Behold Thy Son,” and to St. John, “Behold thy Mother,” She have become the “Cause of Our Joy” in a brand new and most special way.
Let us then love to salute Our Mother by this maximum sweet identify, and ask Her to be certainly to us for the duration of existence the proper Cause of Our Joy. Yes, allow us to ever searching for real pleasure in which on my own it’s miles to be observed, wherein She is ever pointing it out to us, and guiding us to find it, in Her Son Jesus Christ, the Joy of All the Angels.
We think possibly now that there are plenty of joys inside the international without this heavenly joy, of which Mary is the Cause, however we have to no longer mistake mere “amusement” for pleasure. Enjoyment may also make us experience happy for a while, but it quickly palls and wearies, and especially while it is made the intention and stop of existence. The greater it is sought, the less does it fulfill. True pleasure is something deeper, quieter, greater lasting, than this fleeting, exciting, deceptive factor which we call entertainment or satisfaction.
It is that peace of soul, that contentment of heart, that deep enduring pleasure which comes to us while we refuse God not anything, while we are faithful to our moral sense, to our responsibility, to our concepts, to the exercise of our Religion, when we clearly make God “the start of our pleasure.” True pleasure is to be observed in a quiet, simple lifestyles, together with changed into Mary’s lifestyles with Jesus, Her Joy, on the planet. Her existence at Nazareth was extra full of deep, true pleasure than any human lifestyles has ever been, when She had Jesus all to Herself for so many quiet years, and yet it turned into only the easy life of a Mother with Her Son, looking after Him, and watching His boom and development. We want no longer rush wildly hither and thither, seizing every occasion of delight or pleasure that affords itself, in our search for pleasure. It may be had inside the quietest and maximum everyday life, if our hearts are proper.
St. Teresa says that earthly satisfactions reach no farther than, as it were, the husk or rind of the soul. It is consequently we may for a time believe that earthly enjoyments fulfill us, however they penetrate no farther than this out of doors floor, and that is why they could in no way fill or satiate the soul. Yet we may persuade ourselves that they may be what we are longing for, due to the superficial pleasure that we discover in them.
Let us lay this fact deeply to coronary heart, that proper joy is determined simplest in Jesus. Sooner or later we shall all be trained this by means of our very own enjoy of existence and our sadness within the joys of earth; but let us prevent this unhappy enjoy now with the aid of our firm conviction and knowledge that most effective in God is there actual pleasure, and for this reason shop ourselves the sour heartaches of individuals who are searching for their joy inside the pleasures and delights of the earth and forget about that Mary is the real “Cause of Our Joy.” We shall no longer be much less happy—a long way from it, we will lose not anything of our earthly joys, for they’ll be blessed and sanctified; and in the sorrows which nobody can escape, and which we, too, must go through in our flip, we will have that which is the handiest true comfort—the testimony of an amazing judgment of right and wrong.