Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
When boredom, doubt, despair, or fatigue lap at the shores of my being, I often try out various forms of relief –immersing myself in the arts, reading a book or a web search, attending events or working to make money and establish financial security. But on the other side of each of these pursuits is a familiar void, an emptiness that can be filled only by connection with others and with God. Simple as it may be, any kind of intentional connection with the Holy Spirit of God through conversation (listening and speaking), with the Lord through prayer or with others through mindful communication, leads to much deeper relief than any number of diversions or engagement with ‘securities’. Jesus calls out, “Come to me...” Christ Jesus, help me turn to you and be saved.
He will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart. (1 Corinthians 4: 5)
Nothing graces the Christian soul so much as mercy.
Jubilee Year of Mercy. This past week Pope Francis opened the door, both literally and figuratively, to the Jubilee year of Mercy. From now until November 30th, 2016, we are invited to deeply comprehend what it means to embrace the Mercy of God more and more fully, and then to extend Mercy to all around us... sisters, brothers, children, spouses, parents, other relatives, friends, neighbours, colleagues, foreigners in our midst ... everyone. Let us all live into the graces of this special year of Mercy.
Soli 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.