We do need joy, as for this reason we were created by God. But spiritual joy is not same as the joy of this world. True spiritual joy means having a free heart, filled with the peace of Jesus. We have spiritual joy when we free ourselves from the dominion of the enemy, of evil thoughts and temptation
Through our mothers we all have a precious treasure, of unmatched value in this world. Those who have lost their mothers at a young age are condemned to sorrow, feeling an empty space in their heart. But my dear ones, know that the Church says today loudly so that everyone can hear that they are not orphans and they never were! Everyone on earth has a loving, saint and caressing Mother, who watches for us from the cradle to the grave, and this Mother is our Heavenly Queen.
According to Father Porphyries all these thoughts that come into our mind while praying are like planes. First, you can hear them in the distance, as a background noise, and gradually the noise increases more and more, until they get above your head deafening you with their noise and then they move forward. If you pay attention to them, then they will land in your heart.
Jesus’ name is sweet when summoned, it casts out demons and brings angels back, and makes the heart and mind to be gentle with others. But if you are not there yet, follow the rule of prayer in the prayer book, for calling in prayers the name of God, you call Christ, Virgin Mary, Holy Spirit, Holy Trinity, God the Father, the Saints, all martyrs.
Money, fortune and all pleasure cannot give you peace and true joy, because they don’t offer anything to the soul. The peace of the soul can be brought only by its Creator. The true peace can be reached only by those who live their life with God. In peace live only those who love and keep the law of God, the psalmist said (Psalm 118: 165).