Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
As relationships smolder due to ‘social isolation’, west coast forests go up in flames, fevers of sickness touch down and our economy crashes and burns, it seems as though we are surrounded by fires wildly out of control. At another time, 3,000 years ago, another friend of God walked amongst flames licking at his clothing and heating his skin beyond comfort. Daniel had been thrown into a fiery furnace because as a Jewish man, he gave his allegiance only to Yahweh and he wouldn’t succumb to the political pressure of his day to worship the King of Babylon. What did Daniel do? He proclaimed aloud... “And now with all our heart we follow you, O Lord.” Today, as I deal with the shifting and inflammatory environment around me, will I succumb to the illness, the despair and the boredom (acedia) being called out by the signs of our times, or will I, like Daniel, proclaim aloud, “With all my heart, I will follow you, O Lord!”. Will I follow the Lord God, will I follow Jesus, through these remaining weeks of Lent, with all my heart ? Holy Spirit of God, help me follow you with all my heart.
Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation. (Psalm 25:2)
This day God sends me strength to sustain me,
Might to uphold me, wisdom as guide.
Angels of heaven drive from me always
All that would harm me. Stand by me still.
Transliteration of a prayer of St. Patrick
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Soli ad 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.