Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
II Thessalonians 3:6-18
The peace of Christ is an active, as much as it is a passive, fruit and gift of his Spirit. The peace of Christ is the peace that allowed him to walk up into the hills day after day to pray before dawn, to walk across a wavy, windy sea to calm his disciples, and to walk the way of the cross despite his grief, without anger, and beyond fear. The Peace of Christ strengthens me to choose, and to live, his mercy –at home, while travelling and at work. I can find this peace not only in the quiet beauty of nature, but in the midst of the waves and winds of life as well and, perhaps most of all, through and within the suffering I experience along my own way of the cross. As much as I look for it with eyes of faith, I can find the peace that was in Jesus. The Prince of Peace himself gives it to me, in any place, at any time, in many ways. St. Paul writing to the Thessalonians knew this. The Saints and Martyrs through the ages have each and all discovered this, and I am gradually real-izing this in my own life. Holy Spirit of Jesus, help me receive your peace at all times, in all ways.
Happy is the one who fears the Lord, who walks in his ways. You shall eat the fruit of the labour of your hands; you shall be happy, and it shall go well with you. (Psalm 128: 1,2)
Just as our contrariness here on earth brings us pain, shame and sorrow, so grace brings us surpassing comfort, glory, and finally bliss in heaven.
― Julian of Norwich, Revelations of Divine Love
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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.