When man follows the inspirations of grace he finds liberty and peace. In this state we may say that fear renders him free, and that love enslaves him.
~ St Anthony of Padua, as quoted in Flowers from the Garden of St. Francis
Ah, you are beautiful, my love;
ah, you are beautiful;
your eyes are doves.
Ah, you are beautiful, my beloved,
~ Song of Solomon 1:15,16 (NRSVA)
‘When the Father said, “Let there be light,” he was also speaking of his Son’s incarnation. St. John expresses this more succinctly: “The word became flesh and made his dwelling among us” (John 1:14).
…God said, “let there be light,” and the light of the world was born of the Virgin Mary. “The darkness which covered the abyss” (Genesis 1:2), that is, the hearts of men, was dispelled.’
Seek First His Kingdom by St. Anthony of Padua, edited by Fr. Livio Poloniato
My husband and I read the above words yesterday and I was reminded of the truly awesome beginning to the gospel of John:
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 1:3-5 (NRSVA)
The darkness, however big, however horrible and scary it may be, cannot and never will overcome the light. This is the gift of the gospel.
Lord, there is so much darkness in the world today. Shine your light through us, make the darkest of corners bright, show us what hides in the dark so we can bring it out into the light. By your will and in your name we pray. Amen.