Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
The paralysis of despondency, ‘acedia,’ can creep into our souls without notice when we lose sight of who Jesus is. Peter, James, and John had climbed the mountain with Jesus and were ‘weighed down with sleepiness’. Deep sleep was just a few deep breaths away, but because they ‘stayed awake’ they witnessed the Transfiguration, - and it woke them up for the rest of their lives. Having seen the full glory of their Master, the Son of Man who was the Son of God, in the context of all of history, their lives were changed forever. As I climb the ‘mountain’ of my own life, following Jesus to the top, I, too, will be tempted to close my spiritual eyes and sleep, becoming oblivious to the works of God. But when I ‘stay awake’ spiritually, whether during a fit-full ‘night’ or an active ‘day’ of my soul, and keep my eyes on the Lord to see what he does, I also see glimpses of the marvelous Light and the Glory of God. Those glimpses of God’s glory continue to sustain me through all the challenges of earthy existence. Will I allow sleepiness to overtake me, or will I stay awake and listen to Christ Jesus? Holy Spirit of Jesus, help me stay awake to see your glory.
On the day I called, you answered me and you increased my strength of soul. (Psalm 138:3)
This is the hour in which each one of us has to go very deeply into ourselves. We have to begin a pilgrimage, and see to it that our pilgrimage really is a straightening of the ways of the Lord into our lives.
Catherine Doherty, Season of Mercy, Prepare for Lent
See the symptoms and remedies for Acedia, attached to this email.
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.