Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Ezekiel’s vision tells us that when the rivers flowing from the sanctuary of the Temple flowed into the stagnant waters of the sea, the water was made fresh. And along the banks of these rivers of life trees grew up with fruitful branches and healing leaves. Similarly, when I welcome the Holy Spirit into the thirst of my heart, mind and circumstances, stagnant, self-centred and toxic thoughts, words and deeds are purified, and my life becomes quietly fruitful, and healing in ways I can not even predict. Holy Spirit, bring fruitfulness and healing into [my] life.
Create a clean heart in me, O God; give back to me the joy of your salvation. (Psalm 5)
Soli ad gloriam dei
St. Patrick’s Breastplate (see: http://www.cyberhymnal.org/htm/s/t/stpatric.htm
Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me,
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.
I bind unto myself today
The strong Name of the Trinity,
By invocation of the same
The Three in One and One in Three.
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.