Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Living in this world of ours it is too easy to turn away from abundant life and judgmentally consider sin, rather than freely focus on the mercy of God. Family members or colleagues’ transgressions against me or others can become an obsession. News of invasions, bloodshed, or violence can mesmerize me. And my own failings and self-blame can quickly consume my time and energy.This kind of time donated to sin quickly sickens my heart and mind and sucks light, love, and laughter from my soul. But when I turn away from concentrating on sin and instead do, say, and think the Mercy of God with all its complexities and riches, then I will not die by sin, but live within the glory of God. Do I hunger for sin, or for the Mercy of God? Holy Spirit of Jesus, shift my gaze away from sin to your mercy…
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
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.