— John Morreall, The point is seeing that THIS — the immediate, everyday and present experience — is IT, the entire and ultimate point for the existence of a universe. “ One day, as he arrived for an outdoor audience, he overheard two elderly women discussing his physique. Thank you for pointing out this error. Extra Credit Activity1. — William Shakespeare, With the fearful strain that is on me night and day, if I did not laugh I should die. — Mark Twain, We are all here for a spell. .” St. John, also called “the Golden-mouthed” for his great eloquence, was known for his stirring sermons but obviously not for his sense of humor. One day, when opening a new abbey near Foigny, France, the monks found a huge swarm of pesky flies filling the church that was about to be dedicated. — Gilda Radner, Each of us has a spark of life inside us, and our highest endeavor ought to be to set off that spark in one another. Prior to the church’s construction the site was home to indigenous worship for 250 years. — Abraham Lincoln, Wrinkles should merely indicate where the smiles have been. We can all do better.”, “Sanctify yourself and you will sanctify society.”, “the most improper job of any man, even saints (who at any rate were at least unwilling to take it on), is bossing other men. Two of Father Bosco’s fellow priests planned to commit him to a local insane asylum. You’re not so tight inside yourself. You might consider offering a mini-lesson on the humor-and-holiness connection for November 1, the Solemnity of All Saints Day. “Coming down I will look after myself.”. It was clear night with no clouds, only stars and moonlight filled the air. As soon her body found its place, she woke up fully alive and with more zeal to serve God through prayer and fasting than ever before. Like all the Florentines of his time, he was noted for a vein of pleasantry.” “I eat little,” he said once, “because I don’t want to grow fat like our friend Francesco Scarlatti.” He was a vegetarian and if, when walking with his friends, a butcher’s cart passed, he would say, “Thank God, I don’t need any of that stuff.” St. Thomas Aquinas has somewhere a good word in favor of practical joking, and as we shall see, St. Philip was greatly attracted to the practice. — Voltaire, Grim care, moroseness, and anxiety—all this rust of life ought to be scoured off by the oil of mirth. — W. H. Auden, An optimist laughs to forget; a pessimist forgets to laugh. St. Philip possessed a playful humor, combined with a shrewd wit. – Dr. Madan Kataria, If you don’t learn to laugh at trouble, you won’t have anything to laugh at when you’re old. St. John Bosco charmed them with his juggling act, with his magic tricks and acrobatics. — John Cleese, Laughter has no foreign accent. So throw off the bowlines. In fact, if you’re Catholic you’ll live in a joy and a happiness that most people will never know never experience outside of the Catholic Church.”. One only troubles oneself with saints because one has been disappointed by the paradoxes of earthly life; one therefore searches out other paradoxes, more outlandish in guise, redolent of unknown truths, unknown perfumes...”, “We would never call inexplicable little insights 'hunches,' for fear of drawing the universe's attention. He should have had all doors widened by law to admit of the passage of the crinoline.” And when he saw on the wall of the chateau a portrait of a lady in evening dress, he said, “One would think that she was going to the guillotine.”. — James Thurber, The young man who has not wept is a savage, and the old man who will not laugh is a fool. That opening I’ve found to be a real gift, in people being able to absorb spirituality. You grow old because you stop laughing. As he approached the platform where the executioner waited, he asked a few bystanders, “see me safe up, and for my coming down, let me shift for myself.” The crowd laughed and then wept. — Henry Ward Beecher, He who binds to himself a joy Does the winged life destroy; But he who kisses the joy as it flies Lives in eternity’s sun rise. Have the groups read and discuss the stories and the humor of that saint. A mover and a shaker during her day, she was often in conflict with many of her fellow Carmelite sisters who hated the reforms and religious discipline she was instituting. — Zero Mostel; Laughter is God’s hand on the shoulder of a troubled world. We will never share or sell your information. — Frederick W. Nietzche, Prepare for mirth, for mirth becomes a feast. Scholastic stopped him and said, “I beg you. Fr. So laugh, sweetheart, laugh, or soon you may be weeping. Aloysius Roche (b. laughter Quotes. He considered a cheerful temper to be more Christian than a melancholy one stating “A joyful heart is more easily made perfect than a downcast one.”. — Bennett Cerf, The person who has a sense of humor is not just more relaxed in the face of a potentially stressful situation, but is more flexible in his approach. — Reinhold Niebuhr, Humor is laughing at what you haven’t got when you ought to have it. His methods were a bit unorthodox, which led a few of his fellow priests to recommend John to the insane asylum. It goes back down and spreads to your hips. Laugh! Mirth is God’s medicine. We have this in one of the letters of St. Madeleine Sophie: “Our Society has not been established to prove that women can become men, even though that may be less difficult in a country [France] where so many men become women.”, In a letter to Possidius, St. Augustine discusses the propriety of married women painting their faces. The saints all start out with the same stuff we are made of. “Laugh and grow strong,” St. Ignatius said; and to one of his novices, “I see you are always laughing, and I am glad of it.” It is significant, surely, that one of the most commonsense saints was distinguished by a playful wit and a keen sense of humor. I will think high thoughts as I go my way; I will do what I know is right. — Herman Melville, A good laugh is sunshine in the house. His reputation grew among the young boys in Turin, Italy where he taught them, lived with them, and helped them lead happier, holier lives. it also boosts my brains positive energy. The Funny SaintsYes, there were plenty of saints who thought that laughing out loud was grounds for excommunication.St. Laughter……makes your stress…lesser and boost positive energy in You to be ready for next challenge.. Saint Philip Neri is the king of practical jokesters. All members of his order had to be over 35 years old (having lived a secular life) and were able to not only bring their money to the order, but could withdraw the same amount if they left. He politely waited as the two priests entered into the carriage. Where there is a great deal of faith, there will be always a great deal of laughter. In her introduction to the Interior Castle, she observes, “So many books have been written by learned and holy men that there is nothing left for a woman to write about.” When she was asked to give her opinion on a memorandum written by Senor Salcedo, this was her comment: “Senor Salcedo never stops repeating through the whole of his paper, ‘as St. Paul says,’ ‘as the Holy Spirit says’; and then he ends by regretting that he has written nothing but nonsense.
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