Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
1 Peter 1:18-25
Sure I love others... but Jesus calls me to love deeply. How can I love the person who has maltreated me? What does love for an active addict look like? When my heart is shattered into a hundred fragments... what love do I have left to give away? Deeply loving another slides under maltreatment, brokenness or even addictions to see the real person beneath as God sees her or him, as God has loved the other from the beginning of life, as a beloved daughter or son of the father who longs to find acceptance in the arms of the Father and in the embrace of us who are followers of Jesus. As jusdgement is replaced by forgiveness, and guilt is replaced by compassion in my own being, my heart becomes pure enough –and courageous enough –to love others deeply. Holy Spirit, help me to love others deeply from a pure heart.
You show me the path of life. In your presence there is fullness of joy. (Psalm 16:11)
Tend within your hearts the sacred fire that the Holy Spirit lights there.
St. Eugene de Mazenod.
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.