Let Christ's Light Shine
Thusrsday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time
I will enlighten my conscience better about a point of our faith or morals by looking it up in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (It can be found on-line at http://www.vatican.va if needed).
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Thursday of the Third Week in Ordinary Time
Lord, thank you for reminding me today of my
dignity as a Christian. By your grace in baptism and by your teaching in the gospels and in the
Church, you have put light in my soul. Lord, you are my light.
Christ, help me to be a sincere witness of your light.
1. Transparency in Our Lives:
God sees us. This is a simple truth an extremely
powerful truth. God looks at us with love. We cannot hide from God. We cannot hide from ourselves.
We cannot even hide from others. We need to live in the presence of God. God lets light shine on our
lives so that we can see the truth about ourselves, and so that we need not be ashamed that others
see the truth about who we are. True happiness is preserved and increased by the tenacious living of
2. Light for the World:
Our life is not just
for ourselves. We are called to be a gift for others, a gift that leads them to God. This is the
greatest thing about our life: We are called to give life. We are called to participate in the
fruitfulness of God. We give life by enlightening others. We help other people come to the light by
trying sincerely to go clearly towards the light and by not fearing to show people the truth. The
light shed by our lives produces a real effect in souls. Vatican II reminds us that modern man needs
reasons for hope. A Christian carries hope. Will I keep it hidden; perhaps even kill it by being
afraid to share it? Or will I let the world receive hope? Will I let the world see that we
all can be much greater than we think because our Father is greater than we think?
Standing up for the Light of Truth to Be Lived:
Moral relativism seems to be the norm for our
times. Many people think that they can decide what principles they will live by, instead of seeking
to form their consciences by principles in accordance with God's loving design for the human person.
Am I content merely to follow what I know to be right, or do I also look to enlighten the
consciences of others, prudently and charitably? Have I ever given the impression of
condoning actions that are wrong? Do I take an interest in promoting the value of life in all of its
stages? Am I courageous in nobly defending others when people criticize them behind their
Conversation with Christ:
Lord, thank you for this calling.
have given light to my soul so that I can be a light for others.
Lord, help me to
have confidence in the power of your light:
the power of your truth and
Let me be brave enough to allow this light to penetrate my soul even more
Let me be brave enough to not hide from your light;
let me be brave enough to
give it to others.
I will enlighten my conscience better
about a point of our faith or morals by looking it up in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (It
can be found on-line at http://www.vatican.va if needed).
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