Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
The evil that surrounds us in this world is fascinating. I can quickly become mesmerized with any problem I face, engrossed in any gossip I hear, or consumed with the complexities of passions like jealousy or vengeance. But the Holy Spirit of Jesus calls us to fill our thinking with different things. Whatever things are true, just, honorable, pure pleasing, commendable, excellent and worthy of praise, St. Paul advises, are the things to let our minds be-hold and explore. When I look for the grace of God rather than the foibles of humanity in every event, every circumstance, every relationship in which I find myself, I can always find at least one life-giving thing that is worthy of praise. As I reflect on that which is true, just, pure and excellent, then my mind is fixed on that which is honorable, commendable and excellent as well. When praiseworthy things fill my mind then I am able to journey past things that are not praiseworthy, and find the peace that Christ Jesus holds out to me at every time and in every place. What will I think about today? Holy Spirit, help me think about things that are praiseworthy.
He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul. (Psalm 23:2)
Truth sees God, and wisdom contemplates God, and from these two comes a third, a holy and wonderful delight in God, who is love.
Julian of Norwich
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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.