Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Those who oppress others often have a deficit of faith, hope and love – the only real riches of human life, and as a result work from a false sense of their own power and control to use and abuse others. It is easy when I am under such domination, whether at home, at work, or in our wider community, to fold under such strident pressure and believe that the bullies and despots are indeed ultimately in control. That is not true! As God spoke to his people through Isaiah 3,000 years ago, the truth is that God uses anyone, or any people, friend or foe, to bring about his salvation in me, in my family and friends and in the world at large. Friends directly serve up the kindness and wise help of God through their own mouths, hands, feet and resources, while foes become tools to chip off, and a fire to burn away, all that separates us from the love and mercy of our Father God. Will I trust God’s boundless power to bring me back to him, despite the power and purposes of would-be oppressors? God, help me realize your power in all, over all, and through all.
I said, “I am falling”, but your constant love, O Lord, held me up. (Psalm 94: 18)
We shall steer safely through every storm so long as our heart is right, our intention fervent, our courage steadfast and our trust fixed on God.
St. Francis de Sales
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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.