Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
1 Corinthians 12, 3 - 13
That we are made in the image of God is indisputable fact within the context of our faith, but more importantly within the ‘DNA’ of the cosmos – aka the ‘mysteries’ that the scientific community constantly plays with. By extension I understand that each child born is not only whole, but also complete and unique, with the seeds of a particular configuration of ‘ gifts’ that are unique to his/ her being. Unfortunately, life happens! Just as each seed I am planting in my garden will not grow into its full potential for any number of reasons, so the gifts within each one of us are not necessarily brought to fruition over a lifetime. Thanks be to God that each year, through the ministry of his Mercy in the seasons of life, we have opportunity to press the RESET button through the “Paschal (Easter) Mysteries”. These begin with the Passion of Christ, lead us through the glory of the Resurrection, help us deal with the parting of the Ascension and finally land us on the doorstep of Pentecost. Pentecost gives us opportunity to focus on the coming (again and again and again…) of the Holy Spirit with tongues of flames, multilingual expressions of faith that speak mightily to anyone in any place at any time, and the seven fold gifts of the Spirit of God: wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, and fear of the Lord. Will I brush the dust off the gifts that God has designed into my being, and allow the Holy Spirit to purify them and renew them, according to his purposes through the special gifts of the Spirit? Holy Spirit, purify and renew the gifts of my being.
Lord, Send forth your Spirit and renew the face of the earth. (Psalm 105)
The value of our life does not depend on the place we occupy, It depends on the way we occupy that place.
St. Theresa of Lisieuz
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.