Tonight’s antiphon speaks to the brilliance of the Son, not the sun.
O Radiant Dawn, splendor of eternal light, sun of justice: come, shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.
Many of us stumble about through life with little direction. Easily moving from one fad to another. Why is that? What is so difficult about maintaining a steady course?
We stumble about in darkness – most of us not all the time, but nearly every one of us some of the time. Doubts and discouragement are part of the human condition, and no one is exempt from them.
Last year when letters to her spiritual director and journal entries were made public, Mother Teresa was in the spotlight of the media for a short time. Reporters pounced on the fact that this holy woman had doubts – doubts about God’s care for her, doubts about her faith in Him.
Blessed Mother Teresa is not unique – many of the greatest (holiest) saints among us endured [sometimes looooong] periods of doubt. Of trouble with their faith, of discouragement and feelings of isolation, of being alone. But they continued on, just as Mother Teresa did with her work, her prayer, her ministry to Christ. And that makes all the difference.
If we doubt and worry and feel alone — but continue the course of our lives, we’ll work through it, and most likely become holier and wiser for it. If we let it consume us, and destroy all hope within us, then the end will never seem to appear.
Whenever you find yourself in the darkness of doubt, and struggling with your faith, pray to the Radiant One for the gift of hope. Our Lord Jesus is waiting to illuminate your path, and wrap his loving arms of comfort around you. Let the Son shine upon you, and warm your face with his radiance.