Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Prejudice (pre-judgement), self-preservation, passion, guilt, fear or just plain discomfort – these are the things that so often prompt my responses to others, and lead me into all kinds of violence, conflict and unnecessary stress. But if I respond to the words and actions of others out of compassion for them as individuals, and truly ‘love my neighbor as myself’ then I do no wrong to the other and indeed embrace the abundance of life that Christ Jesus revealed to us. How can I find the courage and presence of mind to respond with love? Only with the help and strengthening of the Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit, help me respond only out of love.
Happy are those who fear the Lord… They rise in the darkness as a light for the upright; they are gracious, merciful and righteous. (Psalm 112:1,4)
Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.
St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta
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.