A Blessing of Laughter

Yesterday we celebrated Laetare Sunday, a timeout for a bit of rejoicing amidst the somber penitential season of Lent. We are now over half way on our journey to Easter. We’ll be celebrating Resurrected Love in three weeks!

Since it is Monday (and a Lenten Monday at that) Virginia thinks a little levity would do us all some good. For over twenty years I have prayed every day for the gift of Holy Hilarity, a charism much needed for overseas relief & development workers, caregivers, and all of us now coping with global pandemics.

Laughter goes a long way easing so many kinds of pain. It’s a part of joy that lightens the heaviness in our hearts and enables us to lift others.

“Humor is a prelude to faith, and laughter is the beginning of prayer.” Reinhold Niebuhr

While on a silent retreat a few years ago, Sister Maria McCoy shared this blessing with me:

“May the God of Laughter be with you, blessing you with the inner joy that calls you to chuckle at your own seriousness; and may your sense of humor lighten your heart and the hearts of those who share your journey.  May your laughter bubble over to others, causing them to smile and laugh.  May the healing God of laughter gently hold and bless you.”

“So, what are you wearing tomorrow?”

grace, peace & laughter

Virginia : )

“You don’t stop laughing because you grow old; you grow old because you stop laughing.” George Bernard Shaw

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