Wednesday, January 23, 2008

More than words can say.....

These came in the mail today, from Monastery Greetings. They may look like chocolates, and they are...

But they are also sensible icons of "pure delight" : ).

Thank you dear Amy and God bless you! I am praying for joy and laughter for you that is stronger than the "tristitiae mundi"!! St John the Evangelist, St Thomas Aquinas, pray for us!

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What St. Thomas says about "playfulness" or "wittiness" is that these forms of rest are perfective activities, which are to be engaged in for the pure delight which they bring to the soul taxed by the tristitia mundi (the sadness of the mundane) and for the refreshment which will allow the soul to again concern itself with those "grave and serious matters" which are the substance of the life of all responsible men.

2 comments:

Amy said...

You are so very welcome, Willa! I hope they bring you much joy. I asked God to make them calorie free. ;-)

Your efforts to help me understand the necessity of joy and refreshment, even (and maybe especially) during this time of "hyper-toil" and mental anguish, are very, very much appreciated. Thank YOU!

Matilda said...

Those have to be the most joyful looking chocolates I have ever seen! How lovely! What a sweet friend you have there!