Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
2 Timothy 1:6-14
The great Deceiver tours the earth whispering in the ears of all men, women and children, ‘Cowards, you have no power. Only the Lies, Leprosies, and Lesions of humanity hold the sway of power in the world.’ God our Father in the ways of the wind and the wonder of Wisdom speaks the truth: “ You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you!” ‘You have so much to be afraid of; you must grasp tight your possessions so you don’t lose anything.’ The Tempter cries, ‘Seek security at all costs!’ The Spirit of God counters with his Word, “Love…!” Satan says, ‘Collect comforts because you have limits!’ Jesus stands on the road saying, “Follow me…Be my disciple… learn self-discipline from Me…” Will I give into the despair, despondency and disenchantment of the powers of evil, or will I put behind me the spirit of cowardice and ‘Guard the good treasure entrusted to us, with the help of the Holy Spirit living in us’? Holy Spirit of God, give me your Spirit of empowerment, love and self-discipline.
O that today you would listen to his voice. Harden not your hearts. (Psalm 95:7b & 8)
Without love, deeds, even the most brilliant ones, count as nothing.
St. Therese of the Child Jesus
Soli ad gloriam Dei
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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.