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Bring In The Clowns

Pope Francis has a wonderful smile and hearty laugh, a good model for all of us to follow! Picture via Wikipedia

Pope Francis has a wonderful smile and hearty laugh, a good model for all of us to follow!
Picture via Wikipedia

As I grow older I understand better why ancient kings desired court jesters in their castles.  Everyone treated the king with much seriousness and special courtesies.  To offset this stiffness and formal way of acting, the jester would at times tell the king funny stories, or do comical actions before the king to make him laugh.  This court clown would even dare to poke fun at the king himself, much to the merriment of His Majesty.

Over-seriousness can produce a dull family circle.  Blessed is the infant whose mother has a lifting, laughing tone in her voice.  From these joyful sounds, the little one will pick up a love for life.  We cannot afford to wait for circumstances to be perfect before we laugh and joke about the happenings of the day.  Laughing and smiling require the use of fewer face muscles than scowling.

The playing of games like scrabble sets up a natural atmosphere for this fun spirit in your home.  Have some of those games ready for the rainy autumn days.  Laughter increases the beauty of a human life.  You will find your talents grow in leaps and bounds as you allow the powers of your spirit to exult and rejoice.

A happy, jovial person gives strong witness to a Glorious Creator.  Nothing is so attractive in all creation as a lighthearted human being.  People naturally take to such a person as to one possessing a secret power of life.  Laughter doesn’t mean that all things are perfect at home.  No, laughter says: “We are in this together.  Let us make the best of it.”

All of us have the ability to laugh, but perhaps we are out of practice.  At the doorway to your home, shed the serious countenance and pretend to enter a garden of song and peace.  We do our best when we are relaxed and filled with a taste of life.

                        Fr. George Mc Kenna

September 21, 2013 Posted by | Bulletins | , , | 3 Comments