A woman in labor suffers anguish because her hour has come.  But when her baby is born, she no longer recalls the suffering because of her joy that she has brought a child into the world.  – Jn 16:21

Reflection. You cannot get rid of the worries of this world or of the questionings of the intellect, but you can laugh at them.  Laugh at yourself and then think of God.  In the simple relation you have with God by prayer, it is as though you are in the center of a wheel where the noise of the revolving circumference does not matter.  – Abbot John Chapman

Prayer. Holy Spirit of joy and peace, I need Your good cheer.  So often I feel I am in the dark.  Calm my spirit.  Put a smile on my face.