Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
When I am disconsolate due to the deep grief of loss, or sadness because of unmet expectations of myself or others, fears and anxieties of all kinds plague my thinking. Waves of heaviness wash through heart into mind and I can be tempted into the depths of depression and even despair. Saint Paul, who was well acquainted with grief and sadness, reminds me, “For in hope we are saved.” Even one small reminder of the deep truth of God’s love for humankind -reflected in all of creation, in the birth of a child, or in someone’s kindness - goes a long way to lift our hearts by hope above the storms of life. Christ Jesus, in my weeping, turn my fears to hope.
Those who go out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, carrying their sheaves. (Psalm 126:5)
Live in such a way that you bear outwardly as well as inwardly the image of Christ crucified, the model of all gentleness and mercy.
Saint Paul of the Cross
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.