As Franciscans, we know the story of what perfect joy is for St. Francis.
If we would be able to give everyone a place to live and make it so that no one would be hungry in Jacmel, this is not perfect joy.
If we would have the gift to perform a miracle so that every single mother has the support of a loving husband, this is not perfect joy.
If we could change the education system so that every child would have the opportunity and freedom to go to school in order to get a good education and that all teachers would be certified, this would not be perfect joy.
If we were able to preach the Gospel in such a way that all the hearts of the people who come to our door and who we meet on the streets would experience a conversion of heart and fall in love with Jesus Christ, this would not be perfect joy.
But if we have very hot weather and high humidity; and suddenly we find we have no water for washing dishes, taking a shower or using the toilet; and then we have no electricity from the city to charge the inverter we use for electricity, which means we do not have lights, fans, use of the refrigerator, or charge for cell phones; and no one besides us feels responsible for finding a solution for the above problems…if, in this situation, we go to bed in the dark, dirty from being sweaty, with no fans to offer a slight breeze, and our cell phone dies; if we DON’T COMPLAIN, this is PERFECT JOY!
Well, we failed at perfect joy today…St. Francis, pray for us!