Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
It can be much easier to become a victim of circumstance instead of a redeemed child of God scripted by Baptism. Sliding down into the black hole of complaint and becoming covered with the slurry of bitterness and despondence takes less effort than standing up into well-being and assuming the glory of God. In order to live into the well-being that is my God-given privilege as a child of the Creator, I need to break free of the magnetism of negativity (acedia*) and rid my soul of greasy resentments and patterns of unforgiveness that cling to me every time I think or speak words of discouragement, judgement or self-righteousness. By standing up by the strength of the Holy Spirit, and cleaning up by the sacrifice of Christ Jesus, I can begin again to live again into the profound well-being of mind, soul body and spirit that I am designed for. Indeed, I need to carefully consider the cost of such an offering to God, because it will require the sacrifice of all of my own self-righteousness, my own self-reliance, and my own self-satisfaction. Am I ready to take up this challenge? Holy Spirit of God, help me make you an offering of well-being.
Those who bring thanksgiving as their sacrifice honour me; to those who go the right way I will show the salvation of God. (Psalm 50:23)
It is important to recognize that acedia is a devisive and debilitating force. What unites is life, and those under the sway of acedia [in any of its forms] are deprived of life.
Jorge Mario Bergoglio (Pope Francis)” In Him Alone is our Hope”, 2006
For further insight into acedia and how it operates in life, see https://www.catholicculture.org/commentary/otc.cfm?id=1283
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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.