Virtue of the Week; Joy.

posted Nov 12, 2012, 8:05 AM by
This week at St. John's Academy we will be focusing the virtue of joy. People often wonder about the difference between true Christian joy, and its cheap imitation, fun,  around which many Americans seem to have formed a kind of cult.  It is a simple task if one is equipped with the spiritual perspicacity to comprehend and, more importantly accept the answer.  Essentially, the hilarity and enervation that surrounds notions of what is "fun" all lead to a pleasure for pleasure's sake, whereas joy points to another form of being in another kind of world.  C.S.Lewis put it best when he wrote about joy that, "it might equally be called a particular kind of unhappiness or grief.  But it is a kind we want.  I doubt whether anyone who has tasted it would ever, if both were in his power, exchange it for all the pleasures in the world.  But then joy is never in power and pleasure often is."

In our enjoyment of the life of learning at St. John's Academy, let us strive to find the gratification which points to our ultimate goal, the Kingdom of Heaven.  In doing so, we will be storing up a treasure where "moth and rust cannot corrupt and thieves cannot break in and steal."


On Monday evening, 12 November, at 7:00 PM students in the fourth through eighth grades will gather together in their houses at St. John's Academy to compete in our annual game of wit and wisdom: the St. John's Think-a-thon!  Family and friends are all invited to come and enjoy a fascinating evening of intellectual fireworks!

Have a joyful week!


Seraphim Winslow