Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
The turning point for the prodigal son was when he came to his senses. As with so many of us this happened only when he ‘hit rock bottom’ and was so hungry that he hardly noticed he was eating pig slop. Then he realized the stark contrast between following his own desires and inclinations, and living within the homestead of his father’s love. It was only then that the young man turned his face toward home and in humility returned to his father’s wisdom. In each area of my life, whether at home, at work, at prayer or at play, I too run the risk of choosing to follow my own desires and inclinations and so leave God behind. What kind of rock bottom am I inviting by doing this? What will it take for me to turn back to the nearer presence of God? Holy Spirit of God, help me come to my senses.
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and do not forget all his benefits –who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the Pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy. (Psalm 103:2-4)
Just take everything exactly as it is, put it in God’s hands, and leave it with him. Then you will be able to rest in him –really rest.
St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, (St. Edith Stein)
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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.