The Spirit of Joy
By Henry Albiol, C.M. Translated from the Spanish by B.T. Buckley, C.M. Imprimatur, 1954. 150 page book.
“Suffering,” remarks Father Buckley, “is inseparable from all true Christian life, but gloom and sadness are enemies to be routed. It is therefore my hope that priests, religious, and many lay people will find concentrated spiritual nourishment in these ‘spiritual tabloids’ for profound and joy-giving reflections. it is hoped that preachers and retreat masters will find in them a number of thought-provoking ‘outlines’ which they can develop with ease and clarity.”
While simple and informal in presentation, this cheerful treatment covers the messengers of joy, the source of joy, the fruits of joy, and well as joy in adversity, Remorse, sickness, temptation, discouragement, scruples, aridity, sadness, death, judgment, and the fear of hell are all considered as possible treats to the deep-souled joy that should characterize the Christian outlook, and are met head-on and solved. This is reading and meditative material that is at once enlightening and inspirational.