8.14 Why are Christians so gloomy? Am I allowed to laugh in church?
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There is no need for gloomy faces: Jesus came to save us from darkness and show us the way to the light of God! So, even in church you can have a good laugh – while realising that our existence is not just a laughing matter.
Father Philip was dead serious in his dedication to God and his service to the poor. At the same time, he would often have a good laugh about himself. Self-importance he considered contrary to our faith in God. Do you like to make fun of yourself at times?
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No gloomy faces, please! Joy and humour are important qualities that can help you to realise what is truly important in life (your relationship with God) and what is not (your self-dignity).