The Joy of Being in Company


We had a brief meeting today and my son came along for the ride. We managed to talk shop as well as play with him. I found these old tiles from a Scrabble set dating back to 1948, with the words ‘Novitiate FCJ’ imprinted on the box. We made words and enjoyed simply being with each other.

Something I read recently fits this sentiment:

At first sight, joy seems to be connected with being different. When you receive a compliment or win an award, you experience the joy of not being the same as others. You are faster, smarter, more beautiful, and it is that difference that brings you joy. But such joy is very temporary. True joy is hidden where we are the same as other people: fragile and mortal. It is the joy of belonging to the human race. It is the joy of being with others as a friend, a companion, a fellow traveler. | Henri Nouwen

My thought for the day then is that no matter where we are on the ‘board of life’, no matter the ‘level of difficulty’ at which we play, what remains important is that we are in it… not to win it, but simply to be in connection, in dialogue and in conversation. Such is the joy in companionship. Thanks be to God.

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