Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Holy Spirit of Jesus, remind me that I can have courage and Peace, because you have overcome the world...
Although I might not be facing direct persecution as a Christian, the stress and anxiety from living in today’s world can so quickly propel me into a place of spiritual battle. Racing to ‘get things done’ or fending off poisonous blowback from the many people and events that cross my path each day, I can so easily be sucked into a woulda, shoulda, coulda mindset that is the exact opposite of the Peace that Jesus promised to his disciples. No doubt, it does take courage and good cheer to be able to stand up, and walk through the pressures and politics of day to day life in this highly digital and disconnected age. How can I find the courage, the strength and the wisdom to live into Christ’s Peace beyond the world, the flesh and the devil that constantly assail and buffet me around on my life’s journey? Peace is ultimately found through focusing on Jesus, who overcame the ‘world’ –by living into the beatitudes, by dying a death the world threatened and then executed, and by rising again despite the holes of nails and thorns in his flesh and the mortal wound in his side. Will I continually stop to lick my wounds or will I embrace the saving Peace, courage and ‘good cheer’ of the Risen Christ knowing full well that I, too, can walk with Him along the paths of life? Holy Spirit of Jesus, remind me that I can have courage, and extraordinary Peace because you have overcome the world.
Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears us up; God daily bears us up; God is our salvation... and to God, the Lord, belongs escape from death. (Psalm 68:19,20 )
In order that obedience be supernatural it must not proceed from reason, but from faith.
St. Maximilian Kolbe
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.