#043: How to Escape Joyless Catholicism, Part 1 [Podcast]

My goal this week is to talk about find the joy of your salvation. Psalm 51:12 says “Restore to me the joy of your salvation,” but how does this happen?

The good news is that the Bible presupposes that we can and sometimes do lose the “joy of our salvation.” So it’s absolutely key to understanding “joy” in the context of “salvation.”

To make this podcast even more “joyful,” my beautiful wife Joy will be co-hosting today!

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  • Raguel

    I don’t think Catholicism is a joyless slog, I think life in general is. It is Catholicism that gives meaning to this world which is so full of error, sin, and evil. And one day this world will come to an end. The joy comes from the mass and the sacraments, and from prayer. But this is a supernatural joy, the only kind of joy that is everlasting. These things really do supernatural good to others and help restore the natural order. But make no mistake it is a hard and arduous task, prayer is hard, staying out of mortal sin can be hard. God is infinite in his mercy, but his is also infinitely just in his justice.

  • Paul

    This podcast is very timely for me this morning. I have been telling myself how joyless my life seems to be for a long time. Not because of my faith or the church. if anything my faith keeps me going. I enjoyed your message and i loved your tip of the day. Thank you for your thoughts. Now i think today that I’ll go to confession and add some salt to my life. That’s exactly what I need. I look forward to part 2

  • johnnyc

    Lately I am finding it difficult to be joyful about my Faith when it seems that we are being told it is nothing special. When one does proclaim the Truth of the One True Church of Jesus Christ many times it is criticized as triumphalism. Ecumenism seems to be taking precedence over evangelization.