Part 2:

 The Joy of My Divine Providence

The Joy of My Light and in My Truth

The Joy of the Cross





A Fruit of the Holy Spirit

(Compiled by Michael T. Sullivan, MD)



God the Father, Our Lord Jesus Christ


Our Lady of Emmitsburg

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"We are writing this so that our joy may be complete."

(1Jn 1:4)


The Fruits of the Holy Spirit


"The fruits of the Spirit are love, joy, peace, patience, kindness,

 goodness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, modesty, chastity and self control."

(Gal 5:22-23)




Joy, one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit, when listed in St. Paul's letter to the Galatians, is listed 2nd only to love.  When as human beings we experience God's Love and it begins to take root in our interior being, the natural outflow is joy.  It is that same joy then that can, through the interior workings of the Holy Spirit, attract others to God's Love.


In this compilation on "JOY" we hope to draw from this vast heavenly grace to the world in a way that brings each of us closer to God--His Love and His Joy!



Part 1:  The Joy of God the Father

   The Joy of Jesus

             The Joy of the Blessed Virgin Mary

             The Joy of Our Lady in the Holy Spirit

Part 2:  The Joy of My Divine Providence

             The Joy of My Light and in My Truth

             The Joy of the Cross

Part 3:  The Aspects of Our Christian Joy

Part 4:  The Fruits of Christian Joy



Joy--Part 2




"Sing praise to the Lord, you faithful;

give thanks to God's Holy Name.

For His anger lasts but a moment;

His favor lasts for a lifetime.

Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes at the dawn."

(Ps 30:5-6)


As we walk with Our Lord and Our Lady through the mysteries of the Rosary, we share in both their joys and the works of Our Lord's ministry in the Joyful and Luminous Mysteries.  We can also look forward to the miracle of the Resurrection in the Glorious Mysteries.  However, and unfortunately, no one has yet devised a path to go around, rather than through, the Sorrowful Mysteries to reach the promised Glorious Mysteries.  God the Father in His Words to the world points out that His Son's joyful Resurrection lies beyond the Cross, which first must be embraced by each of us as it was by His Son, Our Lord:


“…From all My Love for My creation, you came forth to bear good fruit, to live in peace and harmony, to reap all the great benefits, and to enjoy the gift of life.  Through your free will you interrupted that process and your own joy to live in freedom.  However, through that same process, by your free will, you could regain it and live together in that beauty I created….”  (GTF, May 8, 2007)


“…How many are there of you who cry out, 'Father, why have you forsaken me?'  Perhaps the most joyous, merciful and glorious events of your lives are unfolding.  If My Son Who was torn in His Body, naked and mocked, and Who died out of Love for you cried out to Me; and if His ultimate outcome was beyond that of the Cross, but was in the fulfillment of a joyful Resurrection, then would you not also be counted among the chosen?  Only you can deny this grace and gift!....”  (Mar. 8, 2007)


The Joy of My Divine Providence


"With your counsel you guide me, and at the end receive me with honor.

Whom else have I in the heavens?  None besides you delights me on earth."

(Ps 73:24)


It would seem unlikely that one could find true Christian joy if one was not at least on a journey toward surrendering to the Divine Will and abandoning to Divine Providence.  This obviously takes great trust, and that trust will bring with it peace and freedom, selflessness and openness, confidence and anticipation, and will require detachment and most likely, periods of aridity and a genuine holy indifference.  In His Lessons to the world, Our Lord Jesus Christ expands on these themes:


“…It is most pleasing for Me to receive from you….I am a patient God.  I am patiently awaiting My comfort from you.  Give to Me what is Mine.  You are Mine!  I will make you forget your pains and give you the joy of everlasting happiness….”  (JOM, Vol IV, #44, July 30, 1992)


“…Let go of those things you hold bound.  Let yourself be free, and you will be free of heart.  Then all your oppressions will vanish.  Your fear will disappear, and you will experience the joy of purity and intimacy….I do not desire for you to be self-centered, seeking and chasing the things of this world; but I do desire you to love yourself purely and keep Me in sight, surrendering and continually emptying yourself in order to follow the Way of Love, Truth, Hope and Mercy….”  (JOM, Vol IV, #46, August 1, 1992)


“…Everything is in the Hands of My Father, and all will be well with you if you trust in Him.  Accept everything with joy, and allow My Love to guide you.  I will guide you to perfection.  Avoid sin and that which distracts you from prayer and love!  First and foremost, seek God!…”

(JOM, Vol IV, #84, Aug. 19, 1992) 


“…I am asking for selflessness and complete openness to God at all times…!  Be selfless. Know that selflessness is a grace granted on My Father’s terms, not yours….Know you   shall be provided for, and your willingness to be open shall be your consolation in surrendering to the goodness of God….”  (JOM, Vol III, #20, Dec. 26, 1990) 


“…Nothing unfolds unless it is allowed by My Father.  Therefore, confidence in Him will secure your safety and position in His Kingdom.  Trust that what unfolds in your life is to release you from the chains of this world and to gain for you true freedom and joy….Be filled with hope and anticipation of the freedom and joy to come!…” (JOM, Vol V, #26, Oct, 27, 1995)


“…All must learn to rely on God, and not themselves….You will find yourselves by losing yourselves.  A detached heart has great joy and comfort, and knows pure Love is all that there is, both human and Divine.  In order for you to receive all I wish to give you, you must empty yourselves….When your feelings are lost, when you have no desire for God because you are constrained and your will is arid, when you think you are incapable of spiritual advancement, know you are in a healthy place….”  (JOM, Vol IV, #91, Nov. 27,  1992)


Central to that theme of surrender and abandonment to Divine Providence is holy indifference.  Our Lady of Emmitsburg reassures us that "This is the time…'; however, all will unfold according to God's most perfect timing:


“This is the time that God the Father is revealing the beauty of my most Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart.  Nothing can change that momentum or the omnipotence behind His Plan.  You, however, must realize that in your life, things seem far greater than in other peoples’ lives.  They are magnified.  If you look to Jesus and focus on Him, then His Life becomes more intensified and yours not as magnified.  This allows you to have a holy indifference, waiting patiently with confidence and joy for God’s Divine Will and timing to unfold.”  (Private OLOE, May 16, 2007)


St. Paul to the Corinthians:

"I have great confidence in you, I have great pride in you;

I am filled with encouragement,

I am overflowing with joy all the more because of all our affliction."   (1Cor 7: 4)



The Joy of My Light

"The light of the just shines gaily,

but the lamp of the wicked goes out."

(Prov 13:9)



God the Father speaks:


“This explosion of Light is the Love of God!  It is a foretaste of the warmth of God to allow you to know how precious you are, how real God is, and how and why you were created--ultimately to fulfill the Plan of this world's creation.  It is a step beyond, yet a step before an enlightenment, when all shall know and will have to choose.  This Light is a Light of Love--an invitation….Look at how you want and desire to live….If it is a surrendering and abandonment, then you shall be fulfilled most abundantly and will be led at all levels to become a pillar of Light and an ambassador of Peace, a lamp that shall never be extinguished!”  (GTF, Jan. 8, 2008)


Jesus speaks:


"Notice that man does not have control….It is when he comes to Me admitting his weakness and imperfections, totally powerless, that he will experience an infused strength and inner peace.  I then unite My strength to his.  The soul then commences on the journey of Light until it unites with its Master in an encompassing brilliance of illumination, the Union with God!…"  (JOM, Vol III, #18, Nov. 15, 1990)


In language that might be used in a War College, reviewing plans and strategies for a conflict, God the Father, Our Lord Jesus Christ and Our Lady of Emmitsburg speak of pillars and ambassadors, control and strength, war and battles, defense and armor, front line and camaraderie---yet, all in an arena of inner and pure joy, infused strength and inner peace:


“…Jesus is the illumination of your soul.  Without His Light you would perish.  You would not be able to receive inner joy or live in perfect union with Him in eternity….”  (Public OLOE, May 22, 1997)


“…This is a real war.  It is about good and evil….A battle is at hand….You must defend the Truth.  You must be very prudent. You must be as sly as wolves, even though you are sheep….It does not take many to save the world when you are invited to my Son’s Cross; because it was One, and only One Who saved the world.  It takes only a very few who will join together in prayer and be messengers of my Light to reveal my Son’s words so that all can return to a life of purity, innocence, fruitfulness and pure joy….”  (Private OLOE, May 15, 2003)


"…This is a battle where the smoldering fire will just die out, and the rain shall be radiant and glow in the Truth and in the Joy of my victory.  Be at Peace.  Gear up your armor in humility, without expectations, and let us now move to the front line….“  (Private OLOE, Oct 7, 2003)


"…You must be the Light of the world.  You must take the strength of the armor of Christ and put it on as your mantle.  Then you shall find the breadth and depth of God’s Love….Know that I your Mother am here in your midst, guiding you, pleading beside you and protecting you…However, everyone must be purged because there must be a new tomorrow, a new beginning, a new era where all can live in joy and camaraderie and can be filled with not only the grace but with the purity of the Holy Trinity….”  (Private OLOE, Jan. 13, 2003)


"Light dawns for the just; gladness, for the honest of heart."

(Ps 97:11)


The Joy in My Truth


"You will know the Truth,

and the Truth will set you free." 

(Jn 8:32)

Regardless of one's circumstances, one's opinion, one's experience, one's intellectual capacity or sphere of influence, one's position or status, one's power or wealth, eventually all have to be held accountable to Truth.  Truth is not relative.  The Truth is the Truth! God is Truth!  Our Lady of Emmitsburg discusses the value of the Truth, its binding nature and its ultimate triumph:


“I am your Mother who shares in your joys and your sorrows.  Please remember, little ones, before the sword struck you, it first pierced my Immaculate Heart….I share your sorrow, and I take your suffering to God….Pray that you be open to the Truth outlined by my Son and be able to decide for God, whatever the cost.  Only then can your sorrow turn into joy.”  (Public OLOE, Sept. 15, 1994)


“All God’s people have a right to gain the Truth and knowledge of His Word…."  (Private OLOE, Oct. 7, 2003) “…The Truth must always be known, because only the Truth can set you free.  Remember, even if all should deny my Son, He cannot deny Himself, because He is a God of Truth….”  (Private OLOE, Mar. 16, 2005)


“For once you know the Truth, you cannot walk away.  You must walk the Way of my Son.  It is the only Way to freedom, peace and happiness.  Your joy will be the Joy of His Love….You cannot share that Joy unless you live it!  Everyone must do his/her part.  Everyone is invited.”  (Public OLOE, Sept. 3, 2006)


“I wish I could tell you all the events to unfold so that you could reap joy in your hearts; but because of humanity and because I am not God, we must bow in humility to God the Father and allow things to unfold in time….The time will come when all will know the Truth….These may seem just words to you, but sooner than you know, those who have tried to block the beauty of God’s Love given through my prophets will be confounded.  Those who have remained faithful will gleam with the joy of the Triumph of my Immaculate Heart.  Yes, they may seem like just words, but the Truth is inevitable and will be revealed.”  (Private OLOE, Apr. 22, 2003)


"I rejoiced greatly when some of the brothers came

and testified to how truly you walk in the Truth. 

Nothing gives me greater joy than to hear that

my children are walking in the Truth." 

(3Jn 1:4)


We live in a world where many very "spiritual" people act as if they are sure they know or have figured out the Truth.  Actually, God may have revealed or expanded on elements of the Truth to some more than others, but this is God's decision.  There are also many who act as if they know the Truth, but yet are totally deceived.  Our Lady of Emmitsburg reminds us that there are things that "no one really knows…," and she points to the work of the Apostles of Jesus' time and calls for "apostles," even if only a few,  in these end times who will fight for the Truth, love, be selfless and empty themselves:


“My Son needs children who are willing to fight for the Truth, to defend His cause, and to be grateful for the graces He has allowed to be dispensed here at the Center of my Immaculate Heart.  Many come seeking, and many run away; and only a few remain devoted to my Immaculate Heart and the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  Only a very few see the reality of the special grace of my visitation here.”  (Private OLOE, Feb. 1, 2004)


“No one really knows anything that will happen, so you must not only be prepared, but have a joyful heart.  You must stand your ground and seek firmly the Will of God. If you look at the lives of the Apostles, you would see that they endured hardships and many bad things.  But their joy was in God; and in the end, look now, people from all nations praise God for the men who stood for the Truth.  They thought that perhaps their suffering would be unnoticed by God, not always, but often times.  It was their human component.  The people of the world thought that they were not from God; and look what has unfolded in Truth as it relates to the Apostles.”   (Private OLOE, Jan. 30, 2010)


“No possession is greater than that of God, and He is your total Joy.  The more you empty yourself, the more you can receive.  Do not be distracted, little ones, by the passing world; but rather hold on to the one Truth, and that is the Love of Jesus….With all the virtues and grace I am allowed to give to you, this blessing today comes upon you with a tremendous invitation to love, to be selfless and to empty yourself, so that only Jesus can dwell with you.  Then you will be holy!" (Private OLOE, Jan. 1, 2007)


"Whoever lives the Truth comes to the light,

so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God."

(Jn 3:21)



The Joy of The Cross

"For the sake of the joy that lay before Him, He endured the Cross,

despising its shame, and has taken His seat at the right of the Throne of God."

(Heb 12:2)


The "meat" of any study of Christian Joy has to be the Cross.  No servant is greater than His Master; and thus, the road to Heaven must be paved with acts of suffering and penance that may be blanketed with Christian Joy and God's Peace which comes through living in the Divine Will of each present moment.  No one knows and has lived this better than Our Lord.  He shares His thoughts about the Cross with the world in His Lessons: 


"The Cross represents the way of goodness and the way to eternal life!  That is why I was crucified on a cross--because I am the Way!….Do not be afraid, My people, of the Cross.  The Cross belongs to you, for I belong to you; and I belong to the Cross, My Way and My Path of goodness leading to everlasting life with My Father.  Behold and pick up your cross joyfully, for it is your restoration of goodness and the paved passage.  If you can grasp that I carried the Cross to restore goodness and carve the path to My Father, you will realize how lightly burdened your cross is, because I carried My Cross for you!…"  (JOM, Vol I, #52, April 23, 1989)


“My people, please deny yourselves your personal desires and follow Me.  Live in My ways.  Do not be holy on the surface!  Be holy within.  Allow Me to live in you.  A true disciple will deny himself and joyfully carry his cross, for his cross is his salvation.”  (JOM, Vol I, #66, July 8, 1989)


In our modern day world with its focus on "self" and immediate satisfaction or fulfillment, the thought of difficulties is to be spurned and any value to suffering--redemptive suffering--does not even appear on most people's radar screen.  Our Lord, however, calls us to "Rejoice!" for  in our suffering we are drawing closer to the Kingdom of God:


"I have promised My people fullness of life, both now and in eternal life to come.  Fullness of life incorporates both joy and sorrow, the joyful events and the difficulties.  I never told My people they would not experience difficulties.  I told My people that I am their strength and Life.  I am their source of Peace.  All who come to Me shall receive My Peace and the strength to face their difficulties….Joy results from total trust in Me.  My people misinterpret the meaning of My care for them if there is not peace and joy at all times…My walk is not always an easy walk, but it is a peaceful one, if you totally trust in Me and in my care…..I shall care for all….No matter what you desire, the plan for you is far greater from Me for your total happiness.  Your desire will not be fulfilled because My desire for you will result in a far greater joy for you than you could possibly conceive or imagine!…My plan for you will come, whether you desire it or not….I tell you to desire Me, but you desire a plan that you have designed for your life.  This is not accepting My care for you and results in your struggle with difficulties through conditional love.”  (JOM, Vol III, #2, May 7, 1990) 


“Focus all your attention on Me.  Offer all of yourself to Me, and do not seek to gain anything of this world or the next.  Maintain a balance of all joys and sorrows.  Seek only Me, and do not weigh your heart heavily on either your sadness or your happiness….I give you My Peace, and know that this Peace can dwell in you in the midst of all your sufferings and burdens, not only your joys. So do not give up hope, but rejoice when your suffering is of Mine.  All My true lovers of virtue experience peace through the progress of inner conflict and self-contempt, instead of self-perfection.  (Vol III, #23, Mar. 25, 1991)


“There are many of my people who do not realize that their suffering is redemptive and should therefore be received with joy.  The closer you achieve the Kingdom of God, the more you will suffer, whether it be physical or internal.  For those who are My followers are likened to Me, and shall suffer as I, and carry the cross….Rejoicing should be exclaimed for those who suffer, for they have been found worthy by God to suffer like unto Me….If you carry My Cross with the joy of My Peace, then even though you suffer, your suffering will be redemptive.”  (JOM, Vol III, #9,  July 11, 1990)


Our Lady and Suffering


"My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;

my spirit rejoices in God my Savior….

Holy Is His Name.  His Mercy is from age to age…."

(Lk 1:46-50)

"And you yourself a sword shall pierce."

(Lk: 2:35)

"Woman, behold your son….Behold your mother."

(Jn 19:27)

"It is finished."

(Jn 19:30)

"I have seen the Lord."

(Jn 20:18)


From the time of her "Magnificat" when she visited her cousin Elizabeth, to the temple when she presented her Son in Jerusalem, from the Foot of the Cross until the glorious Resurrection, Our Lady learned first hand the roles that joy and suffering play in the life of a Christian.  Moreover, no follower of Christ can escape sharing in her Son's suffering.


In His Apostolic Exhortation "On Christian Joy," Pope Paul VI uses the Blessed Virgin Mary as a perfect example of how God blends the joys and sorrows of one's life to bring about a masterpiece of glory:


"She has grasped, better than all other creatures, that God accomplishes wonderful things:  His Name is Holy, He shows His Mercy, He raises up the humble, He is faithful to His promises.  Not that the apparent course of her life in any way departs from the ordinary, but she meditates on the least signs of God, pondering them in her heart.  Not that she is in any way spared sufferings: she stands, the Mother of Sorrows, at the foot of the Cross, associated in an eminent way with the sacrifice of the innocent Servant.  But she is also open in an unlimited degree to the joy of the resurrection; and she too is taken up, body and soul, into the glory of Heaven."  (On Christian Joy, Pope Paul VI, May 9, 1973)


"But rejoice to the extent that you share in the sufferings of Christ,

so that when His glory is revealed you may also rejoice exultantly."

(1Pet 4:13)


Who better than Mary, the Mother of Jesus and our Mother too, as Our Lady of Emmitsburg, can address the questions of "how" and "why" we must suffer?


“There are so many of my children who suffer because they have kept their distance from God.  There are also many of my children who joyfully suffer in union with my Son as victims of His Love.  The Cross is the connection to suffering with Joy and Love in union with my Son.  Those who carry the Cross of my Son are co-redemptors of His Love through His salvation and Mercy…. Do not fear the Cross….The suffering of Love is one of joy, freedom, surrendering, abandonment, even though painful many times….Do not fear the Joy of His Cross.”  (Public OLOE, July 7, 1994)  “If you live for God and in God, your grief shall be turned into joy, a joy filled with perseverance and strength.”  (Public OLOE, Jan. 19, 1995)


“Embrace your Cross with joy and tranquility of heart.  Seek to follow Him even in your sufferings.”  (Public OLOE, Mar. 30, 1995)  “The mortification is not meant to cause frustration or self-deprivation.  It is a joyful union with God so that your words, thoughts and actions are those which Jesus can share….Jesus does not desire you to take on a suffering which is not intended to purify your soul….A proper attitude is necessary for you to share in His Cross….With that proper attitude, interior mortification can be mastered with joy, for you will be doing it to live in perfect union with Him.  You will not need to rationalize your suffering, because Jesus’ suffering for you will suffice.”  (Public OLOE, Oct. 0, 1997)


“This is a time of joy, when you can consciously make an effort to join Jesus in his suffering.  To understand the true meaning of His suffering, you must seek to be like Him and love Him unconditionally in every way.  Then He will enlighten you as to how His suffering gained your salvation, and you will accept your suffering with joy.  There is a tremendous freedom in suffering when it is received in a spirit of love and joined to the suffering of my Son.”  (Public OLOE, Feb. 25, 1999)



"Now I rejoice in my sufferings for your sake,

and in my flesh I am filling up

what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ on behalf of his body,

which is the Church…."

(Col 1:24)


The above Scripture quote (Col 1:24) is often misunderstood, because nothing is truly "lacking" in the complete sacrifice made by Our Lord for our salvation.  However, by God's Will and design, He left a space in His offering for our participation, which Our Lady of Emmitsburg refers to as our "splinters":


“Know that the way of the world is not fair; but my Son conquered the world.  Because of your faithfulness and because you have lifted the Cross off His shoulders, the cross that you carry He now lifts from you; and He joins all your splinters with His Cross, joining humanity with the Divine.  Because of the great Joy that He has for you, your joy will be complete in Him.  He will never disappoint you.”  (Private OLOE, Dec. 2, 2003)


“The seal of the Cross is tremendous indeed, and only those who get closer to my Son can really know the depth and the breadth of the all-encompassing joy, and yet, the pain and sorrow that the Cross brings.  The weight is heavy; however, the reward is great.”  (Private OLOE, May 15, 2004)


“There is no suffering you can ever endure like that which my Son endured for you….In all humility, in regards to that sacrificial Love He gave for you, you need to pray and ponder what that Love truly means in your life and what you will give to my Son.”  (Private OLOE, Dec. 29, 2009)  “My Son suffered in silence; and yet He suffered for you.  But His Joy is now, because as He dwells among you and in your hearts, you are free; and He will answer all your needs.”  (Public OLOE, Dec. 3, 2006)  “May the Joy of my Son be the Joy of your hearts forever.  May all your tribulations be like the splinters in His Cross, still joined to His Cross for the salvation and conversion of the world.  With every tribulation, offer it for a soul; and you shall receive great Joy and Peace.”   (Private OLOE, Feb. 11, 2005)


“As you dwell within my Son and my Son within you, the Cross becomes your salvation at all times; and there comes a point in time when your sufferings become your consolation.  As you accept and continue to surrender, you will receive the wisdom; and God’s grace shall be infused with you….


"...Pray with all your hearts, and you will see that as you join together, how pain and suffering are lifted and Joy becomes your way of being.” (Public OLOE, Nov. 4, 2007)


"Although you have not seen Him, you love Him;

even though you do not see Him now, yet believe in him,

you rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy,

as you attain the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls."

(1Pet 1:8-9)


The Lenten Season


The liturgical season of Lent traditionally is a period of repentance and penance, culminating with Holy Week's Passion, Crucifixion and Death.  But the chains of death were broken, and Life was victorious. This sequence has also provided Our Lady of Emmitsburg with several opportunities to further expound on this connection between suffering and joy:


“The meaning of Lent is Love and Joy.  It is the fulfillment of the Scripture.  The Lenten season should not be viewed as a time of hardship, but as a time of joy to share in the Love of Jesus….Look beyond your hardships and needs and experience the Love Jesus has for you, a Love to die for.”  (Public OLOE, April 3, 1997)


“You are entering a Lenten season that can change your life forever.  Do not wait until it is too late to change….The time is now to give of yourself, to heal relationships, to be more loving, to seek what is the Truth in my Son, and to be a light of joy, mercy and love.  This takes preparation….You must live today as if it were your last, and its beginning—a new life.”  (Public OLOE, Feb 3, 2008)


“The Joy of God is yours to be had—that in the midst of suffering, you have peace and joy and can lend a helping hand.  The Lenten Season is an awakening and yet, a season of Joytruly a springtime of grace!”  (Private OLOE, Mar. 15, 2009)


The Joy of Easter


“My Son now has risen and gained a life of Joy for you!  In every day of your life, you can live with Joy, for He is with you….I bring blessings to you in thanksgiving for the great gift of my Son’s ‘fiat’ to God the Father, Who in a most humble way gave my Son to you for your redemption and salvation.”  (Private OLOE, Apr. 4, 2010)  “I bless you in the Name of the Resurrected Son, my Son, your Salvific Savior….It is a great joy to come to you, because it is a joy to gather all of your sufferings and unite them with my Son’s. This joy in your suffering has resulted now in your glorification, united to that of my Son.”  (Private OLOE, Apr. 20, 2003)


"So you also are now in anguish.

But I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice;

and no one will take your joy away from you."

(Jn 16:22)





End of Part 2