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Oct 18: Day by Day with Father Bill

TWENTY-NINTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIMEFEAST OF SAINT LUKE, EVANGELIST
For Courage by John O’Donohue (Irish author, poet, priest)
When the light
around you lessens
And your thoughts
darken until
Your body feels fear turn
Cold as stone
inside,
When you find
yourself bereft
Of any belief in yourself
And all you
unknowingly
Leaned on has
fallen,
When one voice
commands
Your whole heart,
And it is raven dark,
Steady yourself and
see
That is it your own
thinking
That darkens your
world.
Search and you will
find
A diamond-thought
of light,
Know that you are
not alone,
And that this
darkness has
purpose;
Gradually it will
school your eyes,
To find the one gift
your life requires
Hidden within this
night-corner.
Invoke the learning
Of every suffering
You have suffered.
Close your eyes.
Gather all the kindling
About your heart
To create one spark
That is all you need
To nourish the flame
That will cleanse the dark
Of its weight of
festered fear.
A new confidence
will come alive
To urge you towards
higher ground
Where your imagination
will learn to engage
difficulty
As its most
rewarding threshold!
HAPPY SUNDAY!

Father Bill+

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