Where there are shadows, I may bring light

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Church of today must revive her awareness of the duty to re-propose to the world the voice of the One who said: "I am the light of the world. No follower of mine shall ever walk in darkness; no, he shall possess the light of life" (Jn 8:12). In carrying out his ministry, the new Pope knows that his task is to make Christ's light shine out before the men and women of today: not his own light, but Christ's.

(First Message of his Holiness Benedict XVI at the end of the Eucharistic Con-celebration with the members of the College of Cardinals in the Sistine Chapel Wednesday, 20 April 2005)

Lord, show us that love is stronger than hatred, that love is stronger than death. Descend into the darkness and the abyss of our modern age, and take by the hand those who await you. Bring them to the light! In my own dark nights, be with me to bring me forth! Help me, help all of us, to descend with you into the darkness of all those people who are still waiting for you, who out of the depths cry unto you! Help us to bring them your light! Help us to say the “yes” of love…

 

(Easter Vigil Homily of his Holiness Benedict XVI Saint Peter's Basilica Holy Saturday, 7 April 2007)

 

 

 

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WEEK 1 


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If you pour yourself out for the hungry and satisfy the desire of the afflicted, then shall your light rise in the darkness and your gloom be as the noonday. And the Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your desire with good things…
(Is 58:9-11).

Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path

(Ps 119:105).

Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will
have the light of life”

(Jn 8:12).

 

 

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My little one—come—come—carry Me into the holes of the poor.—Come be My light.—I cannot go alone—they don’t know Me—so they don’t want Me. You come—go amongst them, carry Me with you into them.—How I long to enter their holes—their dark unhappy homes. Come be their victim.—In your immolation—in your love for Me—they will see Me, know Me, want Me. Offer more sacrifices—smile more tenderly, pray more fervently and all the difficulties will
disappear (Jesus to Mother, CBML, p. 98).

I long to light the light of love in the heart of every creature of God. (CBML, p. 246)

[W]e must more & more be His light—His way—His life—His love in the slums. (CBML, p 262)

Follow His footsteps in search of souls. Carry Him and His light into the homes of the poor, especially to the souls most in need. Spread the charity of His Heart wherever you go and so satiate His thirst for souls.
In this room you can see a big bulb and a big switch. But, if there is no connection with the main power house, then there can be no light. Faith and prayer is the connection, and when that is there, there is service.

 

 

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WEEK 2

 

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You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good
works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven

(Mt 5:14-16).


For it is God who said, “let light shine out of darkness,” who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ (2 Cor 4:6).

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jesus never changes.… Trust Him lovingly, trust Him with a big smile, always believing He is the Way to the Father, He is the light in this world of darkness.


Let us spend ourselves with Him and for Him. Let Him see with your eyes, speak with your tongue, work with your hands, walk with your feet, think with your head, and love with your heart. Is this not perfect union, a continual loving prayer? God is our loving Father. Let your light of love so shine before man that seeing your good works (the washing, sweeping, cooking, loving your husband and the children), they may glorify the Father.


Today, in the words of our Holy Father each one of us must be able “to cleanse what is dirty—to warm what is lukewarm—to strengthen what is weak—to enlighten what is dark.” We must not be afraid to proclaim Christ's love and love as He loved. In the work we have to do—does not matter how small and humble it may be—make it Christ's love in action. Do not be afraid to proclaim His poverty. Do not be afraid to go with Christ and be subject to those who have authority from above and so declare Christ's obedience unto death. Rejoice that once more Christ is walking through the world in you and through you going about doing good.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WEEK 3

 

 

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For once you were darkness, but now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of light (for the fruit of light is found in all that is good and right and true), and try to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them

(Eph 5:7-9).


This is the message we have heard from him and proclaim to you, that God is light and in him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not live according to the truth; but if we walk
in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his son cleanses us from all sin

(1 Jn 1:5-7).


Let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light; let us conduct ourselves becomingly as in the day, not in reveling and drunkenness, not in debauchery and licentiousness, not in quarreling and jealousy. But put on the
Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires

(Rom 13:12).

 

 

 

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In this time of Lent, the time of greater love, when we look at all that Jesus chose to suffer out of love for us, to redeem us, let us pray for all the grace we need to unite our sufferings to His, that many souls, who live in darkness and misery, may know His love and life. . . . May Our Lady be a mother to you and help you to stand beneath the Cross with great love. (CBML, p. 325)

I will never forget the first time I came to Bourke and visited the sisters. We went to the outskirts of Bourke. There was a big reserve where all the Aborigines were living in those little small shacks made of tin and old card-board and so on. Then I entered one of those little rooms. I call it a house but it’s only one room, and inside the room everything. So I told the man living there, “Please allow me to make your bed, to wash your clothes, to clean your room.” And he kept on saying, “I’m alright, I’m alright.” And I said to him, “But you will be more alright if you allow me to do it.” Then at the end he allowed me. He allowed me in such a way that, at the end, he pulled out from his pocket an old envelope, and one more envelope, and one more envelope. He started opening one after the other, and right inside there was a little photograph of his father and he gave me that to look at. I looked at the photo and I looked at him and I said, “You, you are so like your father.” He was so overjoyed that I could see the resemblance of his father on his face. I blessed the picture and I gave it back to him, and again one envelope, second envelope, third envelope, and the photo went back again in the pocket near his heart. After I cleaned the room I found in the corner of the room a big lamp full of dirt and I said, “Don’t you light this lamp, such a beautiful lamp. Don’t you light it?” He replied “For whom? Months and months and months nobody has ever come to me. For whom will I light it?” So I said “Won’t you light it if the Sisters come to you?” And he said “Yes.” So the sisters started going to him for only about 5 to 10 minutes a day, but they started lighting that lamp. After some time he got into the habit of lighting. Slowly, slowly, slowly, the Sisters stopped
going to him. But they used to go in the morning and see him. Then I forgot completely about that, and then after two years he sent word—“Tell Mother, my friend, the light she lit in my life is still burning.” (CBML, p. 339)

And sometime back the sisters found a very, very miserable person, a man, one of those shut ins close by in Rome where the sisters are working, and they have never seen, I believe, anything like that, so anyway they washed his clothes, they cleaned his room, they made some hot water for him and so on, closed up everything, and they made a little bit of food for him also, and he never said one word. After two days—sisters kept on going to him twice a day— after two days he said to the sisters: “Sisters, you have brought God in my life, bring Father also.” And the sisters went and brought the priest and the priest heard his confession after 60 years. Next morning, he died. This is something so beautiful – that compassion of those young sisters brought God in the life of this man who had been for so many years forgotten, what is God’s love, what is to love one another, what is to be loved, he had forgotten for his heart was closed to everything.

I pray that each one of you be holy, and so spread His love everywhere you go. Light His Light of truth in every person’s life, so that God can continue loving the world through you and me.

 

 

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The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shined (Is 9:2).


There came a man sent from God whose name was John. He came for testimony, to bear witness to the light, that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to bear witness to the light (Jn 1:6-7).

I have come as light into the world, that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness (Jn 12:46).

 


 

 

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Often you see small and big wires, new and old, cheap and expensive, lined up. Unless and until the current passes through them, there will be no light. The wire is you and me. The current is God. We have the power to let the current pass through us, use us, and produce the Light of the World—Jesus; or refuse to be used and allow darkness to spread. Our Lady was the most wonderful wire. She allowed God to fill her to the brim, so by her surrender—‘Be it done to me according to your word’—she became full of grace; and naturally the moment she was filled by this current, the grace of God, she went in haste to Elizabeth’s house to connect the wire, John, to the current, Jesus.


Daily we pray “let them look up and see only Jesus,” but how often we look in and see only Jesus in us? Do we see Him in using our eyes, mind, & heart, as His own? Are we so given to Him—that we find His eyes look through ours, his tongue speaking, His Hands working, His feet walking, His Heart loving? Do we really see only Jesus in us? You have to be in the world and yet not of the world. The light you give must be so pure, the love you love with must be so burning—the faith you believe with must be so convincing—that in seeing you they really see only Jesus. Your apostolate is so beautiful to give Jesus. You can give Him—only if you have surrendered yourself totally to Him.— Often, very often, I pray for you—that you may be the fruit of Christ’s love in the world—that you may grow in holiness—so that in you Christ’s joy may be fulfilled. (CBML, p. 231)

Keep the light of faith ever burning—for Jesus alone is the way that leads to the Father. He alone is the life dwelling in our hearts. He alone is the light that enlightens the darkness. Be not afraid. (CBML, p. 264)

 

 

 

 

WEEK 5

 

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There are those who rebel against the light, who are not acquainted with its ways, and do not stay in its paths (Job 24:13.)

The true light that enlightens every man was coming into the world. He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world knew him not. He came to his own home, and his own people received him not (Jn. 1:9-10).

And this is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. For every one who does evil hates the light, and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be
exposed. But he who does what is true comes to the light, that it may be clearly seen that his deeds have been wrought in God. (Jn 3:19-21).

He who says he is in the light and hates his brother is in the darkness still. He who loves his brother abides in the light, and in it there is no cause for stumbling. But he who hates his brother is in the darkness and walks in the darkness, and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes (1 Jn 2:9-11).

 


 

 

 

 

 

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I saw a very big crowd—all kinds of people—very poor and children were there also. They all had their hands lifted towards me—standing in their midst. They called out “Come, come, save us—bring us to Jesus.” Again that great crowd—I could see great sorrow and suffering in their faces—I was kneeling near Our Lady,
who was facing them.—I did not see her face but I heard her say “Take care of them—they are mine.—Bring them to Jesus—carry Jesus to them.—Fear not. Teach them to say the Rosary—the family Rosary and all will be well.—Fear not—
Jesus and I will be with you and your children. The same great crowd—they were covered in darkness. Yet I could see them. Our Lord on the Cross. Our Lady at
a little distance from the Cross—and myself as a little child in front of her. Her left hand was on my left shoulder—and her right hand was holding my right arm. We were both facing the Cross. Our Lord said—“I have asked you. They have asked you and she, My Mother has asked you. Will you refuse to do this for Me—to take care of them, to bring them to Me?” I answered—You know, Jesus, I am ready to go at a moment’s notice.

(CBML, p. 99)

Jesus wanted to help us by sharing our life, our loneliness, our agony and death. All that He has taken upon Himself, and has carried it in the darkest night. Only by being one with us He has redeemed us. We are allowed to do the same: all the desolation of the poor people, not only their material poverty, but their spiritual destitution must be redeemed, and we must have our share in it.—Pray thus when you find it hard—“I wish to live in this world which is so far from God, which has turned so much from the light of Jesus, to help them—to take upon me something of their suffering.”—Yes, my dear children—let us share the sufferings of our poor—for only by being one with them—we can redeem them, that is, bringing God into their lives and bringing them to God.

(CBML, p. 220)

I wonder what Jesus must have felt during His agony, when He went through all these unspoken & hidden wounds. . . . If you only knew how I long to light the fire of love & peace throughout the world.—Pray for me—that He may use me to the full.

(CBML, p. 265)

 

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Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, you showed us the beauty of a life lived in and for love and you never stop reminding us that we are all “created for greater things, to love and be loved." Help us to live, like you, a life of love that is worthy of our calling as children of God. Amen.

 

 

Lord make me a channel of your peace,
that there are shadows, I may bring light.

 

 

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us!

 


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Where there is hatred, I may bring love

Prayer for the month:

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, you showed us the beauty of a life lived in and for love and you never stop reminding us that we are all “created for greater things, to love and be loved." Help us to live, like you, a life of love that is worthy of our calling as children of God. Amen.

 

Lord make me a channel of your peace, that there are shadows, I may bring light.  

 

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us!

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Where there is hatred, I may bring love

Prayer for the month:

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, you showed us the beauty of a life lived in and for love and you never stop reminding us that we are all “created for greater things, to love and be loved." Help us to live, like you, a life of love that is worthy of our calling as children of God. Amen.

 

Lord make me a channel of your peace, that there are shadows, I may bring light.  

 

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us!


 

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Where there is hatred, I may bring love

Prayer for the month:

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, you showed us the beauty of a life lived in and for love and you never stop reminding us that we are all “created for greater things, to love and be loved." Help us to live, like you, a life of love that is worthy of our calling as children of God. Amen.

 

Lord make me a channel of your peace, that there are shadows, I may bring light.  

 

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us!

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Where there is hatred, I may bring love

Prayer for the month:

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, you showed us the beauty of a life lived in and for love and you never stop reminding us that we are all “created for greater things, to love and be loved." Help us to live, like you, a life of love that is worthy of our calling as children of God. Amen.

 

Lord make me a channel of your peace, that there are shadows, I may bring light.  

 

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us!

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Where there is hatred, I may bring love

Prayer for the month:

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, you showed us the beauty of a life lived in and for love and you never stop reminding us that we are all “created for greater things, to love and be loved." Help us to live, like you, a life of love that is worthy of our calling as children of God. Amen.

 

Lord make me a channel of your peace, that there are shadows, I may bring light.  

 

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us!

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Where there is hatred, I may bring love

Prayer for the month:

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, you showed us the beauty of a life lived in and for love and you never stop reminding us that we are all “created for greater things, to love and be loved." Help us to live, like you, a life of love that is worthy of our calling as children of God. Amen.

 

Lord make me a channel of your peace, that there are shadows, I may bring light.  

 

Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us!

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