“a Lamp to my feet. a Light for my path.” – Ephesians 1:18-19

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TODAY’S WORD…

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I ask that your minds may be opened to see His light,

so that you will know what is the hope to which He has called you,

how rich are the wonderful blessings He promises His people,

and how very great is His power at work in us who believe.

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– Ephesians 1:18-19 (GNT)

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REFLECTION…

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God and hope are inseparable.

Along with a deeper knowledge of God

and the faith and love which marks the true Christian,

St Paul prays for us that we will gladly receive a fuller and livelier hope

– a hope that will shine brightly in us.

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He prays that our minds be enlightened,

that we may realise the consequences of our choice,

of our acceptance, to be members of the holy people of God.

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The hope to which God has called us,

is His gift, a supernatural virtue infused by God into our soul,

by which we desire and expect eternal life and the means necessary to obtain it.

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The ground for hope lies in God’s love and power

which have been manifested in the resurrection of Christ.

It is the same power that is at work in us who believe;

it is the hope that helps us overcome our difficulties;

the same hope that fills our heart with indescribable joy!

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QUOTE…

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"As we fight this battle, which will last until the day we die,

we cannot exclude the possibility

that enemies both within and without may attack with violent force.

As if that were not enough,

you may at times be assailed by the memory of your own past errors,

which may have been very many.

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I tell you now, in God’s name: do not despair.

Should this happen […], then turn it into another motive for uniting yourself more closely to the Lord,

for He has chosen you as His child and He will not abandon you.

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He has allowed this trial to befall you so as to have you love Him the more

and discover even more clearly His constant protection and love."

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– St. Josemaria Escriva

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REPETITIVE PRAYER FOR TODAY…

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Lord, You are my hope.

You bring light into my life and You fill my heart with joy!

Thank You, Jesus.

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