Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
On these cool, mid-October days my office can be chilly. Although I have a small space heater that is (usually) plugged in to an electric socket, unless I (remember to) turn it on, I become more and more chilled hour by hour as I focus on my work. So it is in my spiritual life. When I forget to turn on and turn up my connection into God’s ‘power grid’, I become more and more cold to the will and the workings of God in and through my life. But when I remember to turn on my connection into God’s ‘power grid’ of Mercy and Truth and turn up my openness to God’s will, to a level that actually ‘warms up’ my heart, mind, soul and spirit with the Holy Spirit of God, I can maintain and level of spiritual, mental and physical liveliness that makes it possible to fulfill God’s work in and through my being. Like electricity, the power of God is always at work and available to us. I may realize that that at Baptism I received ‘the heater’ of my soul, and that at Confirmation or Conversion was when I ‘plugged in’ my soul into the power grid of God. But it is up to me at any given hour of any given day to (remember to) ‘turn up the heat’, to turn to God in prayer and find out what God has for me to be and to do. Am I still plugged in to the source of pure and holy human power, that is the Holy Spirit of God? Will I succumb to the chill of this world, or (remember to) ‘turn up the heat’? Holy Spirit of Jesus, remind me of your power available to me at all times.
... So that with the eys of your heart enlightened, you might know what is the hope to which he has called you, ... what is the immeasurable greatness of his power for us who believe, according to the working of his great power. (Ephesians 1:18, 19 )
In the twilight of life, God will not judge us on our earthly possessions and human successes, but rather on how much we have loved.
St. John of the Cross
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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.