Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Purify my heart, O Lord, that I may be wholly saved...
Whenever I am of “two minds”, it is often that in the depths of my heart, I am hoping to receive at least some of the glory for myself. The sirens of fame and fortune sing out their deceits to me: “This is who you are! – really you are a famous success in this world.” It is only when I allow the Holy Spirit of Jesus – who works in my heart only as much as I relax my own grip on my soul –to heal my heart of boasting and my stranglehold on ‘that which is mine’. Then I can be single-hearted in seeking to magnify (along with Mother Mary) the glory of the Lord; then I can be fully saved in heart, mind, soul and strength. Purify my heart, O Lord, that I may be wholly saved.
Happy are those to whom the Lord imputes no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit. (Psalm 32:2)
It is the life in which the Spirit of Christ, who reaches the depths of God, that is given to us so that we may know, with a new knowledge of mind and heart, the way of God.
Henri Nouwen, in The Selfless Way of Christ: downward Mobility and the Spiritual Life. Orbis. Maryknoll, New York. 2007, P. 40.
Soli gloriam dei.
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.