During the month of February we will be focusing on the virtue of cheerfulness. Cheerfulness is the virtue that helps us to be joyful, even when times are hard. God loves us and wants us to be truly happy. We can think and act in a way that is gloomy, forgetting God, and dragging ourselves and others down, or we can count our blessings, praise God for His goodness, and lift everyone up toward Him.
St Phillip Neri was a man that demonstrated cheerfulness. When he was a young man and was about to move away from home, it was his cheerfulness and his faith that gave his sisters hope that everything would be all right, even with him leaving.