Definition of JOY

  1.  – 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
  2. a state of happiness or felicity
  3. a source or cause of delight

“Joy.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 21 Mar. 2016.

Joy is the settled assurance that God is in control of all the details of my life, the quiet confidence that ultimately everything is going to be alright, and the determined choice to praise God in every situation. – Rick Warren

Joy is a state of mind and an orientation of the heart. It is a settled state of contentment, confidence and hope. It appears 88 times in the Old Testament in 22 books; 57 times in the New Testament in 18 books.

“Everyone should be able to experience the joy of being loved by God, the joy of salvation. It is the gift that one cannot keep to oneself, but it is to be shared.” – Pope Francis

Ours is not a joy born of having many possessions, but of having encountered a Person: Jesus, in our midst.” – Pope Francis, The Church of Mercy

Joy is prayer; joy is strength; joy is love; joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls. – Bl. Teresa of Kolkata

“Joy is the infallible sign  of the presence of God.”  – Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

“Christians should appear as people who wish to share their joy, who point to a horizon of beauty and who invite others to a delicious banquet.” – Pope Francis, The Joy of the Gospel: Evangelii Gaudium