Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
1 Maccabees 1:10-43,
The manifestations of humanity gone wrong seem to come in endless varieties. In the big picture, terrorist activities, human trafficking, and anarchist governments lead to startling and horrific abuse and maltreatment of men, women and children. In our own ‘free’ country of Canada, human oppression is more subtle. Laws permitting the killing of ‘inconvenient’ unborn children or adults who are infirm, legislated curriculum materials that promote unhealthy life-styles and the purging and misalignment of historical data dehumanize Canadians of all ages.
I cannot simply ignore these signs of human oppression; to do so is to passively support their power. But I can seek to understand what is going on about me in the light of the Gospel and to live into the redemption that God offers men, women and children of all ages, at all times, in all places, in all circumstances through the mercy of God through the death and resurrection of Jesus. Christ Jesus, redeem me from human oppression that I may keep your ways.
I was pushed hard so that I was falling, but the Lord helped me. The Lord is my strength and my might; he has become my salvation. (Psalm 118:13,14)
Love is a mystery that transforms everything it touches into things beautiful and pleasing to God.
Saint Faustina Kowalska
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.