Also known as Candlemas, this Feast is very much a feast of light. From the Nunc Dimittis: ‘A light to enlighten the Gentiles: and the glory of thy people Israel’. We bring our little lights to the Lord, praying that His grace will take them and use them to enlighten others.

St John Henry Newman wrote: ‘Stay with me, and then I shall begin to shine as Thou shinest: so to shine as to be a light to others. The light, O Jesus, will be all from Thee. None of it will be mine. No merit to me. It will be Thou who shinest through me upon others. O let me thus praise Thee, in the way which Thou dost love best, by shining on all those around me. Give light to them as well as to me; light them with me, through me. Teach me to show forth Thy praise, Thy truth, Thy will. Make me preach Thee without preaching—not by words, but by my example and by the catching force, the sympathetic influence, of what I do—by my visible resemblance to Thy saints, and the evident fullness of the love which my heart bears to Thee’.

May Christ’s light shine in your heart today, and may God bless you.