Joy is essential to spiritual life. Whatever we may think or say about God, when we are not joyful, our thoughts and words cannot bear fruit. Jesus reveals to us God's love so that his joy may become ours and that our joy may become complete. Joy is the experience of knowing that you are unconditionally loved, and that nothing — sickness, failure, emotional distress, oppression, war, or even death — can take that love away.
- Henri Nouwen