Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
God knows that I need forgiveness! I constantly need forgiveness from God and from others for the things I have thought, and said, and done, and for those things I have left un-thought, unsaid, and un-done. But thanks be to God! As much as I align myself with Christ’s universal statement of forgiveness, “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do!” I become a conduit for the divine mercy and forgiveness that brokered our salvation through the life, the death and the resurrection of Christ Jesus. Each irritation that I fuss about, each root of bitterness or petty resentment I pay attention to, and each persecution I endure on a broader scale can become an opportunity to allow the forgiveness and mercy of the Holy Spirit of God to flow into the dark recesses of human error and ignorance, when I forgive others, as God forgives me. Is my life a channel of human pettiness or of divine mercy? Forgive me, Father, as I forgive others.
By the tender mercy of God the dawn from on high shall break upon us, to give light to those that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death and to guide our feet into the way of peace. (Psalm Luke 1: 78-79)
What constitutes our dignity is the sacred shrine where God speaks to us to show us the way to good, and to turn us away from evil.
Jean Vanier, A Cry is Heard: My Path to Peace
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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.