Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
When I sin, whether by commission (‘I do the things I ought not to have done’) or by omission (‘leaving undone those things I should have done’) I have three alternatives. I can pretend that turning away from God’s will is no big deal and continue to wander away from his mercy, doing the will of the deceiver. Alternatively, I can become so discouraged by my waywardness that I am filled with regret and despair; this too is the will of the deceiver. Or I can repent of my sin, remembering that I am baptized into Christ’s death and resurrection. Then I can stand up to the father of all lies, and turn back to Father God, the father of all Truth. Then through the redemptive work of Christ Jesus I am able to receive the merciful Grace of baptism, to deal with the consequences of my sin with love and wisdom. Will I repent from my sins and allow the efficacious grace of the Holy Spirit of Christ Jesus to redeem me? Christ Jesus, help me repent and live into my baptism.
What shall I return to the Lord for his bounty to me? I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the Lord. (Psalm 116:1)
Since love grows within you, so beauty grows. For love is the beauty of the soul. .
St. Augustine of Hippo
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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.