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Laughter: God’s Secret Medicine...

I’m sure you’ve heard the same studies I have concerning the health benefits of laughter. It’s really quite extraordinary. Everything from our psychological state to cardiovascular health is improved—even greatly improved—by what early studies show to be just a few moments of laughter.

In life, including the spiritual life, laughter is good medicine. Try it. Even forced laughter, taking a “fake-it-till-you-make-it” approach, has tremendous benefit. I tried a little experiment on this in terms of my disposition and attitude toward the spiritual life. In the context of prayer, I excused myself with God and just began to laugh. The forced exercise seemed to enliven—even energize—my prayer. I’m not sure it’s the thing to do in a solemn service or adoration chapel, but maybe that’s why Jesus recommended we pray in a solitary place. That way, we can enjoy the ability to be foolish, even as a child in our prayer.

Give it a shot and let us know what you discover. In the meantime, two laughers we’ve produced recently, Lino Rulli’s Sinner and its follow-up, Saint, are great laugh-out-loud primers for those with a disposition towards all things Catholic. Check them out from our Franciscan Media online catalog or at Audible.com today.

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"And now let us begin this journey, the Bishop and people, this journey of the Church of Rome, which presides in charity over all the Churches, a journey of brotherhood in love, of mutual trust. Let us always pray for one another. Let us pray for the whole world that there might be a great sense of brotherhood.

I will now give my blessing to you and to the whole world, to all men and women of good will."

-Papa Francis quote

He does not know you, yet he prays for you.
He will most likely never meet you, yet he loves you.

This is your chance to show your love, for as the Bible teaches, "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven."