Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
1 Corinthians 15:54-58
Life happens, and whether I am mistreated by others or by the Evil One itself, being ill-treated through ‘sin’ can rattle me to the core. It tempts me to fight, to flee the precipitating circumstances, to freeze out all feelings and just ‘carry on’, or to submit to the evil intentions of the perpetrator. But St. Paul, a man who had endured many traumas in his life, both natural and man-made, counsels the early Believers that when they are the target of sinful actions that would take them to death, to remember that it is God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. He encourages them to be ‘steadfast’ through all calamities, to be immovable in terms of trusting Father God, and to be always excelling in the work of the Lord, always finding ways of doing the commandments of God. Do I really believe that ‘death is swallowed up in victory’, the victory of Christ Jesus over sin? Christ Jesus, help me be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord, no matter what traumatic events come my way.
The righteous flourish... in old age they still produce fruit; they are always green and full of sap. (Psalm 92: 14)
What you do matters — but not much. What you are matters tremendously.
― Catherine Doherty
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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.