Wednesday, January 9, 2019

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God.  All things came into being through Him, and without Him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in Him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. – John 1:1-5

chalice of st. judeLife and Light.  Light begets life, we witness this in how sunlight sustains life on this earth.  And life begets light, we witness this in the radiant Presence of Christ.

One dark night when the darkness was heavy upon my soul, I took a slow walk along a quiet lane in farm country.  When the question of “life-or-death” was asked starkly of my soul as I foundered in my depression, I leaned on a split-rail fence overlooking a farmer’s pasture.  As I prayed I felt the stars draw closer to the earth and then suddenly the field was filled with fireflies, as if starry angels had come searching me with lanterns.  And there Light … and the great Darkness that was about to consume me began to subside … and the vigor of Life resurged within me.

To this day, now decades later, I keep a glowing light in my room as I sleep.  Why?  For I have known the darkness far too intimately and I know how much I need the life-sustaining power of His Light.

Christians, we light candles and oil lamps to fend off the Darkness; there are others who deal with the Darkness with angry torches and burning crosses.  I pray that you will be one with me … and light our candles of hope in our search for the Lord’s Peace.

Always in Christ’s Service,

Fr. Charitas de la Cruz

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