Daisy Badilla

A Joy That Is Rooted In A Well-Protected Heart

By Daisy Badilla

The author, a chemical engineer by profession, is currently doing doctoral studies at the University of the Philippines, Diliman, Quezon City. She is from Ozamiz City and is a member of the Teresian Association.

I am fond of quotes. They are truly, for me, words to live by. Unconsciously, I get to memorize those lines that I like. My all-time favorite is the one on inner joy from St Pedro Poveda, a priest, educator, humanist, and founder of the Teresian Association (now in its 100th year), a Holy Association in the Church.

St Pedro Poveda once wrote:
If joy is based on something external, it will come and go according to everyday events. But if joy is rooted in the heart and the heart is well-protected, there is nothing to fear. When events around us make us unhappy, we can turn our gaze inward to the depths of our soul and we will find joy.