Daily Reflection—The Joyful Christian


“These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.” (John 15:11).


In a world filled with so much turmoil and suffering, one might be excused for not being joyful, unless of course, that person is a Christian. St. Paul, in Galatians 5, identifies joy as a fruit of the Holy Spirit.

We all want to be good disciples of Jesus. We know that we are to be lights for Christ in this world. So we need to ask ourself: “When people see me, do they see a joyful witness of Christ’s love and gospel, or do they see a grump old, miserable person lacking in peace?”

We are too very deeply loved by the Lord. Now that is a cause for joy! Share that joy so that others will be attracted to the Lord.


Christ is risen!


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Deacon Mike Bickerstaff Editor-In-Chief, ICL

Deacon Michael Bickerstaff is the Editor in chief and co-founder of the The Integrated Catholic Life.™ A Catholic Deacon of the Roman Rite for the Archdiocese of Atlanta, Deacon Bickerstaff is assigned to St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church where he is the Director of Adult Education and Evangelization.

He is a co-founder of the successful annual Atlanta Catholic Business Conference; the Chaplain of the Atlanta Chapter of the Woodstock Theological Center’s Business Conference; and Chaplain of the St. Peter Chanel Faith at Work Business Association and co-founder and Chaplain of the Marriages Are Covenants Ministry, both of which serve as models for similar parish-based ministries.

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