Faith should lead to joy and religion is not meant to be gloomy. That’s the uplifting
message a prize-winning Jesuit author is seeking to convey in a new book that was
published this week called “Between Heaven and Mirth.” Written by Father James Martin
who’s the Culture Editor at America Magazine in the U.S., the book is intended to
remind people that "Christ is risen, which is a joyful message and Christians should
be joyful believers."
Interviewed by Susy Hodges, Father Martin told her that
in this book he is trying "to overturn the stereotype that saints were gloomy and
dour and that Jesus was always serious." He says we all need to "learn to laugh
at ourselves" and "find humour in our daily lives." "Joy," he says, "is a great
sign of God's presence" and he also quotes from Pope Benedict who wrote "I believe
that God has a great sense of humour........"