Losing Joy

My wife and I keep a vegetable garden and a small orchard with apple, peach, and pears trees. We enjoy eating and sharing fresh fruits and vegetables. We don’t enjoy as much, however, the weeding and measures to control insects and diseases. On the other hand, if we’re not diligent about controlling these pests, thereContinue reading “Losing Joy”

Cultivating Joy

Jacob had just come away from a Christ Renews His Parish retreat, and he felt amazing! Over the weekend, he and other men opened up to each other in a way he had never done before. Jacob felt closer to God, too. His mood soared for several weeks, and he felt like he finally hadContinue reading “Cultivating Joy”

Finding Joy

I experienced an amazing period of joy and peace after a conversion experience as a senior in high school (you can read about it here). Over time, the elation and contentment I felt began to diminish as I slogged through the stuff of daily living. Now, years later, and after having persevered through periods ofContinue reading “Finding Joy”