Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Ephesians 6:10 - 20
Each of us has a full suit of armour hanging in our prayer closet –a full suit of light armour that allows us to battle the darkness that swirls around our families, our homes, and our communities. It is up to you and to me to take time to don each piece of our armour of light whenever we are heading ‘out into the world’ to face the spiritual forces of evil that would swallow us all alive. First is the belt of truth to hold our ‘work and prayer wear’ close to our beings. Secondly we need to put on a light but tough vest of righteous thought, word and action to protect vital organs – ‘lungs’ to breathe in the breath of the Holy Spirit, and expel untruths, despair, and misery; a ‘digestive system’ to process the word of God as we ingest it; and a heart to love God and neighbour. Next we slip on shoes of peace to allow us to walk the ways of God quietly throughout humanity. Then it is time to take up the shield of faith, small or large as it may be, to put out the fiery arrows of temptation to sin. Just before grabbing the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God printed in memory and on paper, we must put on our head protection – the made-to-measure and enduring helmet of salvation, that is the life, the death, and the resurrection of Jesus, a head covering that protects my mind and influences all the choices I will make. Is my armour of light hanging in my closet, or have I deliberately, through prayer, put on each piece of armour so that I am protected and prepared to stand against the deceits of the devil? Holy Spirit, help me put on my full armour of light.
The Lord is steadfast love and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield, in whom I take refuge. (Psalm 144:2)
Act as if everything depended on you; trust as if everything depended on God.
St. Ignatius of Loyola
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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.