Fr. Solanus evidently had a good sense of humor, and used it often. When told that people often spoke of him, he dryly answered, “Yes, and people often speak of Jesse James, too.” His was a self-denigrating humor and he wasn’t afraid to make himself the object of a joke.
Laughter is a healthy, holy thing – surely God meant it for us as a release, a letting go. St. Teresa once remarked that "a sad saint is a sorry saint", and it's something we should all keep in mind. Souls are never attracted to dreary, complaining people, but to those who can weather life with warmth and a smile. Christianity is all about joy.
"You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand." (Psalm 16:11) Notice what the psalmist tells us - that the presence of God is associated with joy, and with eternal pleasures. Can't you just picture Jesus sharing a good story with his disciples? So many of the Psalms tell of coming before the Lord with joyful noise and thanksgiving - and what else is laughter if not that?
Take the time today to seek out joy: laugh with your friends, tell a corny joke, surprise someone with a small gift. A friend of mine reminds me that we are "His joy" - let's share that with the world.
Ven. Solanus Casey, pray for us!