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Don’t confuse joy with pleasure

CAGAYAN DE ORO (Agencies) : Living in a culture that continually confuses and equates pleasure with joy makes life difficult for young people, Bishop Elenito Galido told some 6,000 delegates at the Singles for Christ International Conference in Cagayan de Oro on February 15.

“Oftentimes, we confuse joy and pleasure; joy can give us pleasure, but pleasure cannot provide us with joy… Return to joy,” the bishop of Iligan was reported as telling the conference by CBCP News.

However, despite personal trials, seemingly hopeless situations, and even tragedies on a massive scale like the devastation caused by Typhoon Yolanda, he encouraged the delegates to keep on rediscovering joy in their lives.

“I hope there is a joy that is in your hearts as we are gathered here this afternoon. We have to turn away from our sadness; we have to turn away from our discouragement, from our despair. Return to joy,” he said.

He explained that joy, in spite of what looks like unbearable sadness, is something that comes from being close to Jesus.

“For us who meet Jesus, who believe in Jesus, who love and live Jesus, we are wired in. Like a chip inserted into our hearts, we cannot help but feel joy even if we feel sadness. It is a joy that stems from a renewed personal encounter with Jesus,” Bishop Galido said.

He described this joy, or lightness as something Pope Francis talks about in The Joy of the Gospel, where the joy of the gospel and the joy of evangelisation are mentioned.

“What is the joy that we should possess today? It is a joy that cannot be tamed, restrained. It is signed with the foolishness of the cross and rooted in the splendour of the resurrection,” he continued.

He concluded by challenging the delegates to set aside more quiet time for prayer.


“We need quality time for the other to grow in friendship. Do we spend quality time with Jesus? Do we find time to seek silence and listen to him?” he asked.