Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Acts 7:51- 8:40
Stephen, the first recorded Christian martyr, was so attuned to the Holy Spirit, that even when he was being stoned he was able to speak with the Spirit and, like Jesus, forgive his persecutors. Philip, who was likewise attuned to the Spirit of Jesus, understood the promptings of the Holy Spirit to walk a wilderness road, and then to ‘Go over to this chariot and join it’ – the chariot of an Ethiopian court treasurer. An amazing encounter ensued that resulted in the man’s conversion and baptism into new life in Christ. Philip was then ‘snatched away’ by the Spirit while the Ethiopian traveller returned home to proclaim the Good News to who knows-how-many others. This kind of life in the Spirit is available to all followers of Jesus for the asking, and the tuning-in. Am I, like Stephen and Philip, so aligned with the Holy Spirit that he inspires my thoughts, words and actions? Christ Jesus, help me be attuned to your Holy Spirit.
Blessed our God, ... who has kept us among the living, and has not let our feet slip. (Psalm 66:8-9)
Love doesn't mean doing extraordinary or heroic things. It means knowing how to do ordinary things with tenderness.”
― Jean Vanier, Community And Growth
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Soli ad gloriam Dei
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.