Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
I Thessalonians 4:13-18
Unresolved grief can deal a deadly blow to our souls. When I have loved someone deeply and they are ‘taken away’ – whether through death or ‘divorce’ (figurative or literal) or even separation –if I have no hope beyond grief, a part of my own soul can sicken and die. But if I behold my grief with prayer, I allow myself to be schooled by the Holy Spirit in a hope that reaches beyond despair. Then I can open up the possibility of growing new fruit in due season and so begin to live again in fullness of life. How am I to find such life-sustaining hope? Teach me Holy Spirit how to hope through and beyond grief.
Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth. (Psalm 96:1)
Painful memories can be healed to gift rather than cripple us.
Dennis Linn SJ & Matthew Linn SJ in Healing Life’s Hurts
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.