Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
By human nature I cling to the old and so become a tarnished, rigid, and albeit ‘sturdy’, vessel of life. Favorite memories, social justice issues, or well ingrained habits and customs can lead me to believe that I am active and dynamic, when really I am simply struggling to maintain the status quo. In order to be filled with the Spirit of Jesus and to let the liveliness of his whole-ness, his holiness, be integrated into all corners of my being, I need to loosen up, let the old pass away to embrace the new. In this way I allow Him to replace my ‘old wine-skin’ with a ‘new wine-skin’, a new soul, mind and body in order to be fully filled with his light and love. Am I willing to relinquish my memories, my intellect and my will to the life of the Holy Spirit? Christ Jesus, instruct me on being a vessel worthy of your lively Spirit.
Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him, and he will act. (Psalm 37:5)
Lord God, I yield to you my entire liberty. Take my memory, my intellect and my will. All that I am and all that I have comes from you. I give it all back to you to stand under your will alone. Your love and your grace are enough for me. I ask for nothing more.
St. Ignatius of Loyola. Suscipe
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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.