Tonight I watched the Pope view the relic of Turin. Following that, a few words were said, then, a short prayer. This was the second time today I heard the term "darkness," referring to Jesus in the tomb. (I also heard the term this morning during the homily at church). The pope made a reference to when you were a child and "afraid of the dark." The love of parents help you to overcome all fear.
The light was in the tomb, Jesus was "not alone" love and light overcame the darkness. That light shines forth, His love is sufficient to overcome any dark hour that Christians may face.
We are witnessing today, a growing darkness. Priests are in a great danger and need our support and prayers. Dress and conduct are anything but reflective of bible teaching. That's easy enough for Christians to rectify. I have learned to substitute "praying instead of saying," in many cases. God can handle anything in a much better way than we can.
It has become increasingly difficult for many, enduring hardships in life, and the many destructive storms of all type. We are promised that He will "not leave us nor forsake us." It is not what you say so much as what you do. Lead by example, let go and let God. The greatest sign of love is forgiveness, as God loves "all" his children, and died for each and every sin.
I am a collector of oil paintings of lighthouses, which are beacons of light helping those who encounter storms at sea to find their way. We know the way, which was never easy for any Christian in any generation.
Light is stronger than darkness, and love overcomes all. Christians are victorious and we always will be, wearing full armor and having put on Christ, through prayer, fasting and alms giving, we are steadfast.
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