“Knowledge and power, wisdom and love, these are at the roots of all right humor and ring in every laugh that befits the soul of a man. ‘Credo’ – ‘I believe in God, the Father Almighty’ – can bring smiles where tears were, and light where darkness was, and courage and saneness of view where all was gloomy and distorted by sadness.
No, our faith does not lack humor. It abounds in humor; it is humor – the tenderest, most cheery, most lasting humor. St. Lawrence, directing the roasting of his own body with with the nicety of a cook; our Irish peasant who says: ‘Thanks be to God, my rheumatism is much worse today,’ our nuns who can be merry in the abode of death; – these are some instances of the humor of faith. In its fullness, perhaps only the saints have it – those serene, large beings, beneath whose awe-inspiring calmness runs an unbroken ripple of laughter at the follies and pettiness that surround them; whom no adverse disheartens and no sufferings sour; whose eyes are bright with eternal merriment looking on the fashion of this world which passeth away.”
~William T. Kane, S.J.