A light shining in the darkness

The beginning of the gospel according to St. John is certainly one of the most inspiring parts of Holy Scripture.  In a very poetic way, the evangelist describes the mystery of the Incarnation of the Son of God.  The Word of God is the true light, that enlightened every man that cometh into this world.  Men were living in the darkness of sin, being unable to see the true light of God.  That is why the world rejected Him, as he could not see the light.

Over two thousand years ago, some men from the people of Israel were given the grace to see the light and to acknowledge the future coming of the Messiah. Let us learn from the Patriarchs and Prophets of the Old Testament how to recognize the signs of the coming of the one they were longing forth, the true liberator of Israel.

In our times, what make us to suffer more, is the fact that a number of churchmen are in the darkness, unable to give clear guidance to the faithful, who remain in darkness and great confusion, which is deadly to souls.  A recent example can be found with the words of praise given to Pope Francis by a Protestant theologian – the same pope who is rebuked by a Catholic theologian for his misleading attitude that leads so many souls to confusion, in other words to darkness (see articles below).

Far from despairing over this sad situation, let us search for someone very special that will be able to guide us and to illuminate our journey of Advent with a special light.  The Blessed Virgin Mary will be the bright star that will guide us in the midst of the night all the way to the crib of Her Son, the True light of the world.  We will celebrate Our Blessed Mother in a special manner of the feast of the Immaculate Conception, December 8.

Now, far from fading, the star of the Blessed Virgin is still shining forth in the midst of the darkness of our times.

As we near the end of 2017, the centenary of her apparitions at Fatima, let us focus on that light.  She will keep us on the right track, and lead us to Her Son Jesus, whose birthday we will celebrate in the middle of the night and in the cold of the winter.

With my best wishes for Christmas,

Father Dominique Boulet