Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Christ Jesus, as I face persecution on either a large or small scale, give me endurance to remain faith-full to the end.
1 Corinthians 4:1-15
When I face persecution, whether of body, mind or spirit, without a doubt I will need the help of the Holy Spirit of Jesus. What will I need the most? Will it be food for the body? Perhaps a copy of the scriptures to keep my mind straight? Maybe a priest to minister the sacraments to me? More than any of these things, as St. Paul well knew, those who are being persecuted need endurance – super physical strength to keep going through hunger, exhaustion and attack; extraordinary flexibility and ingenuity of mind to persevere mentally; and a deep, disciplined commitment to seek the Lord’s face to keep spirit alive despite the demon of despair. If and when I face persecution will I be able to endure to the end of the fight, to the goal of the race? Christ Jesus, as I face persecution on either a large or small scale, give me endurance to remain faith-full to the end.
The Lord is near to all who call upon him, who call upon him in truth. (Psalm 145:18)
The gift of grace increases as the struggle increases.
St. Rose of Lima
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.