The person who is spiritually mature trusts in the presence of a loving God to bring this moment, whatever it is, to ripen in the soul. It is through the lens of joy that we must learn to look at all of life. All of it is good but some of it we don’t recognize when it happens.
To be really holy people, we must stop thinking of joy as an accident of nature and begin to make it a priority. “Always remember,” Rebbe Nachman of Breslov taught, “joy is not incidental to your spiritual quest. It is vital.”
And the ancients remind us, “There is no such thing as a sad saint.” Never confuse holiness with rigidity, morbidity, or moodiness. Those come from preoccupation with self, not with any awareness of the presence of God.
–from Aspects of the Heart: The Many Paths to a Good Life by Joan Chittister (Twenty-Third Publications)