...we are told that only through Christ did real joy appear and that in
our life, in the last analysis, nothing matters more than coming to recognize
and understand Christ, the God of grace, the light and the joy of the world.
Only then will our joy be true, when it no longer relies on things that can be
snatched away from us and can perish, but when it is rooted in the innermost
core of our existence, which no power in all the world is able to take away
from us. And every outward loss ought to become for us a pathway into these
innermost realms and to prepare us ever more for our true life.” Christ Jesus, our Joy and Hope has been born of the Virgin Mary for us, apart from Him, we want nothing else on earth. Madonna and Child, detail, Sandro Botticelli and workshop, Vienna. Lines by Benedict XVI
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