Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
What I contemplate in my heart of hearts becomes my operating system. If I continually self-focus and self-reference, I will become self-serving and confined by my own folly and the limits of my own imagination, especially in alms-giving. When I focus on the status quo of others around me, I become more self-conscious and will consider how I look to onlookers, rather than where I am looking, especially in prayer. And when I focus on pious acts of my own doing, rather than on the One who calls me by love into a faithful relationship, any amount of self-serving fasting, praying or alms-giving will become an obscene abuse of my own life, rather than the power house of self-discipline spiritual refreshment they are meant to be. But when I stay faithful to God by constantly practicing his holy and merciful presence in the secret and honest spaces of my own heart, then alms-giving, prayer and fasting, and all that I do, say and think, will grow up from my contemplation of the ways and plays of the Holy Spirit of God at work in the world, within and around me, and will be life-giving to all. Will I continue to meditate on my own good, or will I remain faithful to God in the secret of my heart? Holy Spirit of God, in the secret of my heart help me remain faithful to you.
... and your Father who sees in secret will reward you... (Matthew 6:3, 6, 18)
We ought not to be weary of doing little things for the love of God, who regards not the greatness of the work, but the love with which it is performed.
Brother Lawrence, The Practice of the Presence of God
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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.