This is an excerpt from “Tattoos on the Heart”, a book I’m reading by a Jesuit who runs a gang intervention program in LA. He shares short stories that are hilarious and heart wrenching. He also writes a lot if things that just make me stop and think.
Dorothy Day loved to quote Ruskin, who urged us all to the “Duty to Delight.” It was an admonition, really, to be watchful for the hilarious and the heartwarming, the silly and the sublime. This way will not pass again, so there is a duty to be mindful of that which delights and keeps joy at the center, distilled from all that happens to us in a day.