French President Francois Hollande had his knuckles rapped for it but most of Europe felt free Tuesday to start cracking jokes about Pope Benedict XVI...
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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.
Joy, humor and laughter are underappreciated virtues in the spiritual life and represent an essential element in one's own relationship with God.
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