~ Randy Hain, Integrated Catholic Life, February 5, 2015

Let’s ask ourselves: Are we “islands of joy” reflecting the light of Christ to others or have we lost our Catholic identity and become completely assimilated into the surrounding secular culture?

Here are six simple actions which I try to follow in my desire to be joyful. This is by no means the definitive list and I would love to learn what others are doing, but here is what often works for me:

  1. Surrender to Christ. Every day I recommit to putting Him first in all areas of my life.
  2. Give up my burdens to Jesus in daily prayer. I can’t do it alone and I need His help!
  3. Go to frequent Reconciliation. Unburdening my soul of sin brings me peace and joy.
  4. Be thankful for my blessings. I can gripe about my problems or I can focus on all of the incredible blessings in my life and express my gratitude to the Lord in prayer.
  5. Stay out of the “Catholic Cafeteria Line.” I fully accept the teachings of the Catholic Church and follow the Magisterium. I don’t follow the parts I like and reject those I do not like. I know that what I may not understand will be revealed to me over time if I have faith.
  6. Start with the end in mind. Are my actions each day serving Him? I hope to hear Jesus say at the end of my life on earth, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” My goal is Heaven and I must live a life that leads me there.

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