Fr. Solanus evidently had a good sense of humor, and used it often.  When told that people often spoke of him, he dryly answered, “Yes, and people often speak of Jesse James, too.”  His was a self-denigrating humor and he wasn’t afraid to make himself the object of a joke.

 Laughter is a healthy, holy thing – surely God meant it for us as a release, a letting go.  St. Teresa once remarked that "a sad saint is a sorry saint", and it's something we should all keep in mind.  Souls are never attracted to dreary, complaining people, but to those who can weather life with warmth and a smile.  Christianity is all about joy.

 "You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand." (Psalm 16:11)  Notice what the psalmist tells us - that the presence of God is associated with joy, and with eternal pleasures.  Can't you just picture Jesus sharing a good story with his disciples?  So many of the Psalms tell of coming before the Lord with joyful noise and thanksgiving - and what else is laughter if not that? 

 Take the time today to seek out joy:  laugh with your friends, tell a corny joke, surprise someone with a small gift.  A friend of mine reminds me that we are "His joy" - let's share that with the world.

Ven. Solanus Casey, pray for us!