Sunday Thoughts ~ “Take Joy”

“Joy is the infallible sign of the presence of God.” ~ Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Saint Stephen’s Cathedral, ViennaSaint Stephen’s Cathedral, Vienna

Good morning sweet souls.  Isn’t the magnificent Saint Stephen’s Cathedral simply glowing with joy?  I am certain this Cathedral has given comfort, peace, and joy to countless people throughout the years.  Certainly, the reverence one would feel in this beautiful church would be a gift of joy.

And speaking of joy, I want you to know the joy your visit brings.  I appreciate you and your comments more than you can imagine.

As this is the greatest season of ‘Joy,’ today, I would like to share the words of Fra Giovanni Giocondo, written on Christmas Eve 1513 to the Countess Allagia Aldobrandeschi.  I found this many years ago in a book written by Harry Davis.  The book, “Forever Christmas,” is about Christmas at the home of someone I have long admired, Tasha Tudor.  In the book, Davis states, “The words of Giocondo contain a philosophy that has guided her life.”  I hope you, too,  will find the writing as meaningful, reassuring, and lovely as I did.


“Take Joy” by Fra Giovanni Giocondo

I salute you! There is nothing I can give you
which you have not;
but there is much, that while I cannot give,
you can take.
No heaven can come to us
unless our hearts find rest in it today.
Take Heaven.

No peace lies in the future
which is not hidden in this present instant.
Take Peace.

The gloom of the world
is but a shadow,
behind it, yet, within our reach,
is joy.
Take Joy.

And so, at this Christmas time,
I greet you,
with the prayer that for you,
now and forever, the day breaks
and the shadows flee away.



Wishing you and yours beautiful December days.

And may you “now and forever,”

“Take Joy.”

Joyeux Noël,




Notes:  Fra Giovanni Giocondo was a Franciscan friar, architect, archaeologist, and scholar.  He was born c. 1433, Verona, Republic of Venice and died July 1, 1515, Rome.

Tasha Tudor, 1915~2008, was an author and illustrator of many children’s books.  She was also an avid gardener and authority on 18th century home skills. 

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Pam Richardson

Sandra, the Vienna Cathedral is beautiful, Vienna is on my bucket list. “Take Joy” is a lovely writing and reminds us of what is truly important. It is a daily decision we make, and I pray that I will choose joy! Sandra, your Sunday posts are heartwarming my friend!

Rita C at Panoply

This is so beautiful, Sandra. Today is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception in the ROman Catholic faith. Indeed, a celebration of the promise of heaven, peace and joy!

Penny Carlson

What a beautiful cathedral! Have a joyous season Sandra!

Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors
Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors

Sandra, what a beautiful way to start our Sunday! The cathedral is stunning, and I agree it has most certainly brought many comfort, peace, and joy. “Take Joy” is such a lovely writing. Thank you for sharing this with us, and thank you my friend for the peace and joy your Sunday Thoughts always bring me. Enjoy these joyous December days, sweet friend!!!

bonnie morgan

Saint Stevens Cathedral is gorgeous and specially decorated so beautifully for Christmas. I’ve been to Venice but did not see this cathedral.I’m pinning this gorgeous cathedral picture.
I felt such joy this weekend. Joy and peace are truly gifts from the Lord.
Thank you Sandra, for your lovely posts each Sunday. Blessings to you sweet friend.


Your post is a gift of joy! The Cathedral is wonderful and that text is adorable! Blessings!


What could be more magnificent — this glorious cathedral or the eloquent “Take Joy.” I may need to print that out to give to my Christmas guests this year. It’s really so important, maybe more so these days than ever. Thank you for sharing this one. (And I love Tasha Tudor, too!)