Humor and holiness might not seem like an important topic, but I believe Pope Francis is giving us an important reminder. As someone who takes great joy in humor, I felt some pressure to make this video intro witty or funny. However, in preparing this introduction, I stumbled across an amazing quote about humor, Jesus, and Saints from Archbishop Fulton Sheen.
It’s incredible and I’ll let it serve as the intro for this week’s video:
“One night there rang out over the stillness of an evening breeze the cry of the heart of God in the voice of a child. And when the Babe grew in grace and wisdom, He went into the public lanes and marketplaces and began to teach a new doctrine to men – the doctrine of the Divine Sense of Humor.
Everything He said, everything He did could be summed up in these words: Nothing in the world is to be taken seriously, nothing – except the salvation of a soul.
Such is the history of the Divine Sense of Humor, and now that we know what it is, we may ask who are they who understand and possess it, and here the answer must be that those who possess it in its fullness are saints.
I do not mean canonized saints, but rather the great army of solid Christians to whom everything speaks a story of God’s love. A saint can be defined as one who has a Divine Sense of Humor, for a saint never takes the world seriously as the lasting city.
To him, the world is like a scaffolding up through which souls climb to the Kingdom of Heaven, and when the last soul shall have climbed up through it, then it shall be torn down, not because it is base, but simply because it has done its work. He who came to this earth to teach us the Divine Sense of Humor showed us everything that was lovely and beautiful in His Character.”
How do you see a connection between humor and holiness? I would love to hear from you!
Watch this week’s video featuring Scott Lieb.
The Catholic Heroes Podcast is all about the call to holiness and that each of us can be saints, “Catholic Heroes.” I was beyond thrilled to read and study Pope Francis’s most recent Apostolic Exhortation, Gaudete et Exsultate, “Rejoice and Be Glad.”
We are going to take several episodes to take a deep dive in the exhortation. It’s an impressive study on what the call to holiness means for each of us today.
This episode focuses on the first chapter of the exhortation. The featured Saint of this episode is St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross.