Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
I have a very real tendency to quickly become frustrated with pain, either emotional or physical, or discomfort of any kind. So when the ‘cross’ of my circumstances in life become weighty and inconvenient to my idyllic view of a ‘happy life’, I immediately revert to fixing mode and try to make my life better –often of my own volition with a few ‘please God’ prayers thrown in. How much of my life becomes tangled in trying to shrug off the responsibilities of life – demanding relationships, dreary tasks, debts and doubts! But when I understand, like Jesus, that abundance of life lies within embracing the ‘cross of my life’ and remaining obedient, step by step, to God’s mercy and will, then like Christ Jesus I able to persevere through any pain or discomfort and maintain my dignity as a beloved daughter or son of the Father. Today will I allow Jesus to show me how to shoulder my cross and walk steadily beside him in the Light of God’s grace? Father God, help me submit to my cross, out of obedience to you.
Because he himself was tested by what he suffered, he is able to help those who are being tested. (Hebrews 1:18)
Suffering is nothing by itself; but suffering shared with the passion of Christ is a wonderful gift, the most beautiful gift, a token of love.
St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta, Suffering into Joy
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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.