November 24, 2017

A tent city is seen in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sept. 14. (CNS photo / Fernando Bizerra Jr., EPA)

"Sometimes we are tempted to find excuses and complain, acting as if we could only be happy if a thousand conditions were met. To some extent this is because our 'technological society has succeeded in multiplying occasions of pleasure, yet has found it very difficult to engender joy.' I can say that the most beautiful and natural expressions of joy which I have seen in my life were in poor people who had little to hold on to. I also think of the real joy shown by others who, even amid pressing professional obligations, were able to preserve, in detachment and simplicity, a heart full of faith."

- Pope Francis, in Evangelli Gaudium ("The Joy of the Gospel") released today in 2013