Let your rejoicing be calm and
moderate, in accordance with the words of the apostle: "Rejoice in the
Lord always." Such rejoicing does not disturb the mind with
the base behavior of laughter, but instead lifts the soul to the place of
divine rest: "Enter into the joy of your master."
One can usually tell what is in
a nun's heart by her laughter. A nun does act impudently if her heart
is pure; a nun does not laugh wantonly unless she is wanton in her
heart. Laughter usually comes from a vain heart.
Proverbs states: "Let
laughter be mingled with sadness. . ." And the Lord says:
"Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted."
And the apostle spoke up: "Let your laughter be turned into
Let your laughter, my dear
sister, be most sparing. Let your temporal joy bring you mourning that
you may be blessed: "Blessed are they who mourn, they shall be
St. Leander of Seville: "The
Training of Nuns" Chap. 21