Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Isaiah 61: 9-11
As baptized Christians we all have (I have) been clothed by Christ with the garments of salvation –compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. When I receive any one of the healing sacraments (Holy Eucharist, Reconciliation, Anointing of the Sick) it helps me to ‘wash, and dress myselfè again, in my salvation clothing. In this way, I am drawn into the nearer presence of Christ again, through my continuing prayers lived out in my (renewed and holy) everyday connections with others. Alternate soul-clothing is available to me for the wearing – judgement, hardness of heart, pride, self-indulgence and impatience –but it is my choice which garments I wear. At any given moment, in any given circumstance, will I choose to wear the garments of self-centredness, or the garments of salvation? Holy Spirit of God, clothe me with the garments of salvation. Help me, like Mother Mary, to wear the garments of salvation.
But I trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation. (Psalm 13:5)
Loving heart of Jesus, you move hearts that are harder than rock, you melt spirits that are colder than ice, and you reach souls that are more impenetrable than diamonds.
St. Margaret Mary Alacoque
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.