Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Western society today seems bound and determined to separate and scatter nations, communities, families and even friends. While social media connects globally, face to face interpersonal relationships are languishing. Even as individuals we are becoming more fragmented mentally as we try to respond to all the issues, ideas and ideals that vie for our attention; witness the flood of mental health cases blocking emergency rooms of hospitals – and hundreds of empty churches. God’s plan is that we live abundantly socially, mentally, physically and spiritually, present to others within his own merciful presence. He desires that He be our God, and that we truly become his people ... that he might sanctify us and place his sanctuary among us forever. Am I willing to be gathered from all the places I have strayed to the embrace of God’s truth and love? Holy Spirit of God, gather us from every quarter and bring us to yourself.
I will turn their mourning into joy, I will comfort them, and give them gladness for their sorrow. (Psalm 31)
You have made us for Yourself and our hearts are restless until they find their rest in You.
St. Augustine of Hippo
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.