Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Holy Spirit, help me to be tender-hearted so that I can open up to God, to others... and even to myself.
Tender-heartedness is minimized by modern society that applauds affirmative, even aggressive, words and actions to promote the ideals of our day. Indeed having a tender heart is seen as weakness more than strength. Not so in God’s economy, where tender-heartedness is not only applauded but encouraged. As Christ Jesus ministered to human kind, great ‘riches’ and reputation became His as a result of his tender-heartedness towards the marginalized and the lunatics, the sinners and the dispossessed. For two thousand years, the stories of his Christ’s open-hearted mercy have inspired millions to praise him, and to turn to Him for help and inspiration. What opportunities to follow Jesus’ tenderness will I find among people today? Holy Spirit, help me to be tender-hearted so that I can open up to God, to others... and even to myself.
When he laid his hands on her, immediately she stood up straight and began praising God. (Luke 13:13)
Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.
St. Teresa of Calcutta
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.