My son… treat yourself well… Don’t defraud yourself of a good day. -Sirach 14

Sometimes, holiness is simply being happy. It is in being able to live your life with the heart of a child, not burdened by the past or worried about the future. It is being in the moment and being able to find joy where you are.

Many times, we tend to think only of suffering when we think about sanctity. And while it is true that love entails sacrifice, love also means much joy, true joy! The kind of joy the world today has almost forgotten. That happiness that lifts up the soul, that urges one to pray in thanksgiving, and that makes even the heaviest of burdens light and sweet.

Be happy. And let your happiness spread wherever you may go.

A great joy cannot be kept to oneself. It has to be passed on. – Pope Benedict XVI