The Canon of Joy

A friend of mine told me a story: some years ago, when an older lady went to church for the last time before not being able to leave her place, she asked the priest what else she could do. And the priest said, “I give you the canon to have joy!”
Now just think about this: a canon of joy! Your feet no longer help you to move out of your house: JOY! You see how, one by one, your friends disappear: JOY! Your body tells you that your remaining moments on earth will be painful: JOY!
How can you make yourself to have joy? Especially in the context of a canon, this seems to be quite difficult. If a priest gives you a canon after confession, then doing it (let’s say, reading Psalm 50 three times every day) requires an effort: you have to make yourself stop for a minute and pray. But how do you stop in order to practice rejoicing? And what does this mean?
I watched a 60 Minutes documentary today on Sir Nicholas Winton, the man who saved 669 children, mostly Jews, from almost certain death. You can watch it here:
The canon of joy: perhaps the canon of presence in the context of one’s life; a response to life in the lightness of resurrection!

About Tavi's Corner

Blogging on ancient philosophy, communist persecution in Romania (including deportation to Siberia), and Orthodox Christianity. I've translated books from Romanian to English, and I also write about them from time to time.
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  1. Pingback: The oppression of joy | Tavi's Corner

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