Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
As a ‘temple of the Holy Spirit’, it is possible that the river of life and of healing, described by Ezekiel from his vision, can figuratively flow from my being as it did from the ancient temple of the Jews. In Ezekiel’s vision, a small stream of water trickles out from under the sanctuary to become a full river of water gradually gaining volume and depth as it finds it way on the landscape. Similarly, when I stay still and surrender my heart, mind, soul and strength to the Holy Spirit at work in and through me, a small trickle of holiness can gain amplitude as it flows out from me and out into the world, to become a torrent of life and healing. As I wait and watch, I notice that people and relationships begin to take on new life, as much as I allow the Spirit of holiness – love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control – to flow out to from me by word and deed. Leaves of joyful liveliness grow where there was only survival before; the stagnant waters of resentment are freshened by forgiveness and mercy; many vestiges of life-giving activity and care-giving begin to reveal themselves; and I notice that the lives of others are beginning to produce the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit as well. Sometimes I even find myself ‘swimming in gratitude’ along with others who are also drawn into the Holy Spirit’s flow of life and of healing. Will I stay still and surrender my being to the Spirit’s river of life and healing that can flow out of my being? Holy Spirit of God, let your river of life and healing flow out from me into the world.
All who are thirsty, come to the waters, says the Lord. Though you have no money, come and drink with joy.
Prayer is a heart to heart conversation
with the One whose love I am sure of.
St. Theresa of Avila
See Episode (#4), Seven Prinicples of Prayer in the series Catching Fire, Becoming Flame by Fr. Albert Hasse, OFM
Soli ad gloriam
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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.