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Master of Joy

Definition of JOY  – the emotion evoked by well-being, success, or good fortune or by the prospect of possessing what one desires. – the expression or exhibition of such emotion a state of happiness or felicity a source or cause of delight “Joy.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 21 Mar. 2016. Joy is the settled assurance
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The science of happiness

By Francine Pirola We all strive for happiness. One would think that it would be a fairly simple project: minimise pain and maximise pleasure. Turns out, it’s not that simple and instinct often leads us in the wrong direction. We expect that money, comfort, possessions and power, for example, will deliver happiness and that more
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Acts of Mercy, Acts of Love

Another special theme of Advent, along with waiting, is mercy. Advent is an intense time of waiting for God the Father’s great act of mercy – sending the promised Saviour into the world. As Catholics, we know that when he came, after he rose from death, he also instituted the Sacrament of mercy, Reconciliation. So
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5 Fast facts about advent

 When does advent begin and end? Advent begins four Sundays before Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve. The first Sunday of Advent is the start of each new Church year. What is it for? The word ‘Advent’ comes from the Latin word adventus, which means ‘coming’ or ‘visit’. During this time we connect with the
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Advent Joy for kids

Here are some simple ways to bring Advent joy to children while helping them to learn about, and personalise, some of our rich faith traditions. Advent Calendars There are some beautiful religious calendars that can be purchased through Christian book shops – avoid the commercialised chocolate versions that feature toys and reindeers. Mary, Mary… If
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