Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
The religious zeal of St. Paul (née Saul) was legendary. In the first years after Jesus’ resurrection, no Jew was as notorious as Saul for rubbing out Christians. But after his sudden conversion on the road to Damascus through his confrontation with the risen Christ, the monumental zeal of St. Paul was guided by the Lord. This shaping and repurposing of Paul’s religious fervour was done in three ways: soon after his conversion Saul was praying, opening his heart to God’s will and ways; the healing of Saul’s vision, both physical and spiritual, changed his life`s trajectory forever; and the Lord then saw fit to provide him with Ananias and other disciples to walk with him as he set out to proclaim the good news. Am I willing that my religious fervour, my zeal, be shaped by the risen Lord? Christ Jesus, guide my zeal through prayer, healing and companionship.
Blessed be God, because he has not rejected my prayer or removed his steadfast love from me. (Psalm 66:20)
It is better to be the child of God than king of the whole world.
St. Aloysius Gonzaga
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Beverly Illauq lives in Kemptville, Ontario, where she greets each morning by seeking the Gospel Mystery of the Day - the Word of the Lord for direct and practical application to the specific challenges & joys of the day.