Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Years ago when I first lived in the Arctic, our power went out during a white-out storm. My husband was away hunting but got a radio message to his Uncle to fetch me and lead me with our baby son on my back to the safety of his home, just a few houses away. As we stepped out of the house into the terrific winds and driving snow, my husband’s Uncle, a traditional Inuit hunter who had weathered many a storm, motioned for me to hold onto the tail of his parka, thus protecting me from the driving snow and from losing him in the swirling white that obliterated even my own feet, as he led me to shelter. Today, with all of the ‘culture of death’ winds of change blindingly swirling around us, I need a professional ‘man of the land’, who has weathered many a storm and knows where to go, a.k.a. Christ Jesus, to lead me and my children through the maelstroms of life. It is the Holy Spirit of God, in Jesus, who can lead me to the safety and shelter of the merciful kingdom of God, away from the coldness of a civilization where the ‘power has been cut’ and we are stranded, but for the one who knocks at the door of our hearts to lead us forward through the uncertainties of life. Will I hold onto Jesus’ coattails and allow him to lead me to his home? Holy Spirit of God, lead me through all temptation.
The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? (Psalm 27:1)
In the matter of purity, there is no greater danger than not fearing the danger.
Saint Philip Neri
Soli ad gloriam
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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.