Indeed, the more you know about the actual lives of the saints, the more it strikes you as bizarre that so many statues, paintings and mosaics of the saints show them as unsmiling men and women.
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It's a central part of worship -- or should be -- and many figures in many different religions have urged this message.
Holy people are joyful. Why? Because holiness brings us closer to God, the source of all joy.
Previously, I had imagined God creating me, caring for me, maybe even taking an interest in my life, but certainly not delighting in me. But why not? Doesn't a parent delight in a child?
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