Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Daniel 2:3-45 & Luke 21:5-11
Although in our country Christians are not (yet?) being arrested and tortured, I am sometimes overwhelmed by an antagonism towards, or a dismissal of, true Christianity. When I am under powers and pressures from other people or institutions, the kind that seem to beat down every plan and purpose, every success and every holy element of my life, what can I rely on? Will I rely on my own brilliant arguments and apologetics, the support of others, my possessions, or perhaps my mini kingdom at home or at work? All of these ultimately fail when I face the challenges of opposition, persecution or rejection. The one thing that is sure and always a prayer away is the boundless faithfulness of God’s mercy at work within me. When I pause and breathe God’s faithfulness into my heart and mind, and in turn breathe out that faithfulness to others by kind and patient words or actions, then I am able to reliably overcome any minimizations, deceptions, or any persecutions that come my way. Will I rely on my own powers or the mercy of God today? Holy Spirit of God, help me rely on your faithfulness within me.
Bless the Lord, all you works of the Lord; sing praise to him and highly exalt him forever. (Benedicite Omnia Opera – Daniel 3)
Let nothing disturb you,
Let nothing frighten you,
All things are passing away:
God never changes.
Patience obtains all things
Whoever has God lacks nothing;
God alone suffices.
St. Teresa of Avila
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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.