I do love the internet! The way one thing leads to another can be so serendipidous. Here's what happened. Normally I post a meditative picture on Meditation Matters each Monday. Today I found a marvelous photo of a waterfall on Wikimedia Commons and so I chose that. Then I went looking for a quotation to go with it and, lo and behold, found one by Bishop Sheen. I hadn't thought of him for quite a while but I used to love his television programs back in the 60s.
Here's something he said about joy:
Joy is not the same as pleasure or happiness. A wicked and evil man may have pleasure, while any ordinary mortal is capable of being happy. Pleasure generally comes from things, and always through the senses; happiness comes from humans through fellowship. Joy comes from loving God and neighbor. Pleasure is quick and violent, like a flash of lightning. Joy is steady and abiding, like a fixed star. Pleasure depends on external circumstances, such as money, food, travel, etc. Joy is independent of them, for it comes from a good conscience and love of God.
Steady, abiding, a fixed star. That's very lovely and very consoling whatever one's circumstances in life may happen to be.
UPDATE: I just read this about Bp. Sheen:
The source of his strength and his untiring self-giving came from his daily hour before the Blessed Sacrament, which he never once missed from the day of his ordination to the priesthood. Unbelievable but true!
I found it right here.