Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Philippians 4:10 – 19
In his letters to the churches of his day, St. Paul often pointed out the trials and troubles he had endured, as well as the many accolades he received during his life time. More specifically in his letter to the church in Philippi, he mentions how he knows what it is to have little, and what it is to have plenty – and that he has learned to be content with both scenarios. I too have times of little – food, money, time, energy, friends, family – and of plenty. And, I too have times of little heartache and of plenty of heartache due to challenges, a.k.a. troubles and trials. After 5 decades of dealing with life head- on as an adult, I am finally learning, along with St. Paul, to be content with whatever I have (v. 11) and that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me(v.13). Living into the joy of my calling as a disciple of Christ in this way, Life, Love and Light in Christ Jesus take on new meaning each day. What an adventure! When I face poverty of spirit or of body will I fold up into despair or stand up into the strength that Christ provides? Holy Spirit of God, help me be content with whatever I have.
Don’t worry about anything, but in all your prayers ask God for what you need, always asking him with a thankful heart. (Philippians 4:6)
Do not spend your energies on things that generate worry, anxiety and anguish. Only one thing is necessary: lift up your spirit and love God.
St. Pius of Pietrelcina, Padre Pio
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.