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In Good Humor

 
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“….Grant me O Lord, a sense of good humor. Allow me the grace to be able to take a joke to discover in life a bit of joy, and to be able to share it with others. Amen” St. Thomas More

Within the past year, I started a Word document to jot down things- mostly quotes or bible verses- that touch my heart.  Wise words that speak volumes to me that I want to remember.

 I should have more on that document than I do, it often gets forgotten about, but when I was praying and trying to brainstorm something to write about for this post today, I was reminded of this pot of gold I have stored on my computer.

The first thing on there, is from a saint I knew nothing about. I remember it was from a time I was trying to spend less time mindlessly scrolling on my phone, and focus more on being intentional. So, if I was bored I would first try to read about the saint of the day on the Laudate app before turning to social media.  

Turns out this stranger, St. Thomas More, was incredibly insightful and taught me something that day. 

He was a lawyer, a widower, and was martyred for his refusal to acknowledge King Henry VIII as head of the Church- refusing to deny the pope as head.  

As if I didn’t already like this guy enough, there was More (ha! I think he’ll appreciate that one in heaven). There was a prayer at the end of the reflection from St. Thomas that they now call “Prayer for Good Humor”. And I just love how beautiful it is, coming from a man who was killed for his faith, this prayer reminds us to not get too caught up in our own lives, because we know this life is only temporary. The prayer goes like this:

Grant me, O Lord, good digestion, and also something to digest. Grant me a healthy body, and the necessary good humor to maintain it. Grant me a simple soul that knows to treasure all that is good and that doesn’t frighten easily at the sight of evil, but rather finds the means to put things back in their place. Give me a soul that knows not boredom, grumblings, sighs and laments, nor excess of stress, because of that obstructing thing called ‘I’. Grant me O Lord, a sense of good humor. Allow me the grace to be able to take a joke to discover in life a bit of joy, and to be able to share it with others. Amen.” 

I wrote the majority of this post early in the week because I knew I had to work, but it’s as if God put this quote into a real life experience for me to fully grasp it.

I’ve had a patient all week who was given only months to live and I am in awe of his humor about life and ceaseless optimism. Death doesn’t seem to scare him, for he knows that it’s not the end, and he is so lighthearted about the little things of this world. His unending determination to bring joy to others, like St. Thomas prayed, is so clear and so moving to me.

This patient and St. Thomas More reminded me, and hopefully you, to take a step back from the hustle and bustle of this world. We are not here forever, and we can’t take this life too seriously, because we are not in control. So, let us “know not boredom, grumblings, sighs and laments, nor excess of stress…. but allow {us} the grace to be able to take a joke to discover.. a bit of joy,”

Sisters, let us reread this prayer from St. Thomas More slowly and with intent. Let it rule our hearts if only for a day, or jot it down for one to remember. We have so much to learn from the Saints and those around us!


St. Thomas More, pray for us!

Thank you all for being with us this Friday & here’s to a weekend full of good humor and joy!