May the Fourth Be with You

“May the Fourth be with you!” GASP! It sounds so heretical and yet so cheesy that it’s hard not to say with a laugh. Humor may not be a sign of Godliness but it sure seems to be part of the heavenly character. When I was a child my father had a picture of Jesus laughing hanging in his office. It showed Christ in the midst of uproarious laughter.

The ability to laugh, to take merriment at what surrounds you, is a sign of health, and when we can cheerfully laugh at ourselves, i.e. not take ourselves seriously, it is a sign of humility. You will often hear laughter at a well-run school, that clean vibrant laughter that comes from good nature and high spirits. Something we want to encourage and promote. I do not mean we have comedians, although certainly some of them may end up in that field, but like G.K. Chesterton famously said (did he ever not say something famous?) “Angels fly because they take themselves lightly.” We endeavor to fly.

Why bring this up? Because mental health is an issue in this world, confusion about who you are, feelings of abandonment, and a host of other ills. Schools can help this situation by providing a safe place for children to be children; a place where a young man or woman is encouraged to be the best version of themselves, to be the son of God or daughter of God that they are. To be joyfully Catholic is to be alive in Christ Jesus, which reminds us of what St. Irenaeus said, “The Glory of God is man fully Alive in Christ Jesus.”

May you experience the Joy of the Lord on May the Fourth!