Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Joel 2:12-18 & Psalm 51
After several decades of life, it is easy to feel deep regret, profound sadness, bitterness, frustration or even despair about how life has turned out, and where society is headed. Without God’s mercy and his steadfast love being factored in, our time on earth is indeed very bleak. But when I rest in the truth of the steadfast love of my Creator Father, and the miracles of his mercy seen in nature and in and through other human beings, I realize that all is not for nothing. There is hope for everyone as much as there is faith that gives an awareness of God’s profound love available at any given moment of any given day. As we behold the Mercy of God throughout Lent this year, let it inform us of his steadfast and unchanging love for humanity... and for each one of us. Have Mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love.
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me. (Psalm 51:10)
Grant me the grace of being aware of my own sins and of not judging my brother, my sister.
Saint Ephrem the Syrian
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.