are at times fitting and pleasant, nevertheless they are incompatible with the
ecclesiastical rule" (St. Ambrose, Doctor of the Church)
"Blessed is that
religious who takes no pleasure and joy except in the most holy words and deeds
of the Lord and with these leads people to the love of God in joy and gladness.
Woe to that religious who delights in idle and frivolous words and with these
provokes people to laughter." (St. Francis of Assisi)
however, have it always present to their minds that the priest even in the midst
of his people must preserve intact his august character as a minister of God,
being as he is placed at the head of his brethren. Any manner whatever, in which
he employs himself among the people, to the loss of the sacerdotal dignity, or
with danger to the ecclesiastical duties and discipline, can only be warmly
reproved." (Pope Leo XIII, "Fin Dal Principio", 1902 A.D.)
priests act in the place of Christ and we do not see Christ making jokes in Holy
Scripture – nor do we see the Lord provoking people to laughter.
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