Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
2 Samuel 11:1-17 & Psalm 51
When I, like King David, step away from the rigors of right responsibility, I too can lose myself in leisure and self-indulgence. David ended up stealing another man’s wife and his life. I can end up crossing the line, or transgressing, into all kinds of sin by becoming self-focused –chasing wealth, fame, pleasure and success no matter the cost in terms of other lives or even the peace and purity of my own spirit. But when I remember to open my heart, mind and soul to the love of God in contrition and humility, then his mercy and grace can begin to heal the damage and guide me through the consequences of my sins, both in my life and in the lives of others. Christ Jesus, have mercy on me, a sinner.
Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. (Psalm 51:1)
The things that we love tell us what we are.
St. Thomas Aquinas
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.