Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
The dictates of success and fame encourage me to stamp each ‘product’ of my life with a sign of ownership, so that the world will turn to me. The goal of the early followers of Jesus, though, was to turn others to the Lord. All fruits of my labours, whether great or very small, beautiful or very ugly, good or scarred and shrivelled have the potential to turn others to myself, or to the Lord of life. Am I willing to let go of the fruits of my life’s work so that the Christ Jesus can use them to bring other people to himself? May the fruits of my labours turn others to you, O Lord.
What shall I return to the Lord for his bounty to me? (Psalm 116:1)
To keep a lamp burning, we have to keep putting oil in it.
Blessed Teresa of Calcutta
Soli gloriam dei .
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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.