Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
2 Corinthians 6:1-10
Paul’s trials and troubles were epic, and my own trials and troubles no less challenge and require me to make choices. Often I need to make those choices very quickly and under, sometimes extreme, duress, making it very difficult to regulate my thoughts, words and deeds in the moment. These choices are often not so much about what, but how I think, speak and act. Significantly, I am not called upon to solve the world’s problems, redirect society at large or even to ‘clean up’ society’s institutions – that’s God’s work. But I am called into a place of purity and patience, kindness and truth, knowledge and genuine love – which sometimes lead to sleepless nights, afflictions, hardships, lots of labours, and sometimes even psycho-social beatings and imprisonments. Today, will I live into my fallen passions and wants or will I live into the holy ways of Christ Jesus? Spirit of God, help me live into your holy ways as I endure trials and troubles.
O sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvellous things. (Psalm 98: 1)
Do not think that your present state is a punishment from heaven, because you would be wrong; be certain that your present state is willed by God for the salvation of your soul.
St. Pius of Pietrelcina
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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.