September 15, 2021

for everyday life … 21

Sr. M. Renata Zürrlein

“Wherever I can spread joy by the way I am,
wherever I can spread a little bit of sunshine through my words,
through my life,
I should take advantage of this, because doing so is something great.

Joy is the magic key that unlocks people’s hearts,
a divining stick that discovers mysterious sources of strength in others
and brings them to life.”

Father Joseph Kentenich


Tuennes and Schel live on the twelfth floor of an apartment house that has no elevator.
After a shopping trip they lugged crates of beverages and groceries upstairs.
To keep themselves going they told each other jokes along the way.
When they reached the top, Tuennes said:

“Now comes the biggest joke of all: The key to our apartment is down in the car.”

We often struggle with ourselves, and too often we forget the “key:” joy!
Father Kentenich even calls joy the “magic key.”

Joy rooted in God, serenity, awakens the best forces in us and in others.




What do I allow to get me down time and again?

How can I consciously foster joy?

How can I give others joy?