Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
There are so many commitments and tasks to be done. Even during times of ‘social isolation’, there are things to do – connections to be made, causes to take up and issues to be thought through. But the question is, am I devoted to business and busy-ness, distraction and diversions, and programs and protocols – or am I devoted to the great mercy of God? If so, then the primary activity of my life will become communion and conversation, by love, with God and with others. That is, I will constantly be devoted to prayer in every conversation, throughout each activity or task, and in moments of solitude and quiet, whether I wrestle with ‘demons’ or relax into the light, the life, and love, of God. To what am I devoting my life? Holy Spirit of Jesus, help me constantly be devoted to prayer.
I bless the Lord who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me… You show me the path of life; in your presence is fullness of joy. (Psalm 16:7,11)
He does not ask much of us, merely a thought of Him from time to time, a little act of adoration, sometimes to ask for His grace, sometimes to offer Him your sufferings, at other times to thank Him for the graces, past and present, He has bestowed on you, in the midst of your troubles to take solace in Him as often as you can. Lift up your heart to Him during your meals and in company; the least little remembrance will always be the most pleasing to Him. One need not cry out very loudly; He is nearer to us than we think.”
Brother Lawrence, The Practice of the Presence of God
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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.