We’re supposed to be the grimmest folk on the planet, dontcha know?
Except how can we be when we’re redeemed by the Lord, the Creator and Giver of every good gift from above? Joy should be our native tongue, the key we feel most comfortable in.
The quickest way to foster joy, at least I’ve found, is to be thankful. Not just for the big things, but particularly for the small and silly things. In that spirit, I offer forty-nine simple pleasures of a Catholic:
- Being a child of God
- When incense catches the light and the whole world is transfigured
- Books by Papa Benedict
- The way Holy Water feels different on your fingers
- In persona Christi
- Counting all the churches in Rome
- That the Song of Songs is in the Bible (best. call. ever.)
- Watching for roses in early October
- Being on the wrong side of “Progress”
- Paintings of Judith cutting off Holofernes’ head
- Liturgical calendar
- The words “Douay-Rheims”
- Denouncing capitalism
- Habitual graces and knowing that God is working in me as I work out my salvation with fear and trembling.
- San Damiano cross
- Saintly queens
- Fr Robert Barron
- Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus
- Dogs go to heaven
- Not worrying if faith and reason are at war
- Pope John Paul II holding a koala
- Happy, happy nuns
- A well-executed genuflection
- Late night prayers
- Our Lady is the eschatological icon of the Church.
- The way eschatological sounds like scatological and makes me giggle
- Mother Teresa
- “What’s the problem with the world? I am.”
- Oil running down Aaron’s beard
- A consistent pro-life ethic
- Old-timey gospel hymns
- The medieval synthesis
- Sermon anecdotes
- Bible verses that are like old friends
- The last shall be first, and the first shall be last.
- Morning Offering
- Arguing about the Crusades
- Icons of Jacob’s Ladder
- Dosing off in Adoration and knowing He doesn’t mind
- Baroque art
- Wondering how many hospitals and schools are named for the Sacred Heart.
- The daily miracle of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
Really, I could just keep going! But I’d love to read about your simple pleasures if you want to write or share a post in the comments below!
“Wherever the Catholic sun doth shine,
There’s always laughter and good red wine.
At least I’ve always found it so.