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2. Frequent attacks of joy, unexplained smiling and random bursts of laughter.

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Anne Wallace died on October 27, 2015 of a massive brain hemorrhage. Anne was sixty-one-years-old. 

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In 1941 Krystyna Wituska was a young member of the Polish resistance fighting for the liberation of her country from Nazi occupation.

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Brother Christian de Cherge was one of the seven monks of the Notre-Dame de l’Atlas monastery in the Atlas mountains near Tibhirine south west of Algiers in northern Algeria who was kidnapped on 27 March 1996 and whose deaths were announced in “Communiqué 44” on 21 May.

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Joy is an enduring reality at the heart of life.

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In his book Christ on Trial Rowan Williams defines joy as “the sense of fundamental attunement to reality.”

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The noun “joy” derives from the Latin verb “gaudere” which means “to rejoice.”

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In the forty-eight synonyms http://www.thesaurus.com/browse/happy lists for happy, joy does not appear.

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It is not easy for me to write about joy.

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A short Advent guest post at St. John The Divine’s website – “What brings me ‘joy on the journey’?” https://www.stjohnthedivine.bc.ca/article/2015/11/30/joy-journey-day-two

 

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