Archbishop Dolan: No Season for Sourpusses

The Gospel Should be Joyful

The Gospel Should be Joyful

Here is a great read from Archbishop Timothy Dolan in Sunday’s New York Daily News. Using Evangelii Gaudium as a base, he encourages Christians to be joyful this Christmas season. The article is great, but it gets special mention here because of the Teilhard de Chardin reference 🙂

What’s the Latin word for “sourpuss”? You got me. But that’s the expression Pope Francis uses in his recent letter on The Joy of the Gospel. It has to be the first time that word’s been used in a papal document!

Crabby, whining, frowning people — sourpusses! — according to Pope Francis, are in contradiction to belief.

If we have faith that all is in God’s loving, providential hands; that, as the Bible teaches, “all will work out for the good for those who believe,” a sense of quiet joy would then characterize our days. As Stephen Colbert remarked at Fordham University, “My sense of humor comes from my hope, because I believe God’s in charge, and all will work out. So, I can laugh!” Sure, there will be concerns, trials, and heartaches, at times nonstop, and these can cause tears, worry and questioning.

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As the Jesuit scholar Pierre Teilhard de Chardin observed, “Joy is the infallible sign of God’s presence.”


Merry Christmas to All!

About William Ockham

I am a father of two with eclectic interests in theology, philosophy and sports. I chose the pseudonym William Ockham in honor of his contributions to philosophy, specifically Occam's Razor, and its contributions to modern scientific theory. My blog ( explores Ignatian Spirituality and the intersection of faith, science and reason through the life and writings of Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (pictured above).
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4 Responses to Archbishop Dolan: No Season for Sourpusses

  1. Wishing you every joy and blessing of the season!!

  2. May your home be filled with laughter this Christmas.

  3. claire46 says:

    Merry Christmas, William! May joy fill your days always.

  4. seeker says:

    Have a blessed Christmas!!!

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