Many children, and even some adults fear the dark. It is that place of the unknown, where the “bogey man” and other mysterious creatures lurk. In a sense, that is not far from the truth. The devil and his minions all lurk in the darkness. They abhor the light and go to great length to avoid it. Many crimes also happen in the darkness. Darkness makes it ideal for these people since it is harder to see someone is up to mischief.When we were baptized, original sin was washed away, and we were filled with sanctifying grace. Grace is the very touch of God, it is His abiding presence in our souls. Jesus said: “I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life” (Jn 8:12). To live in a state of grace means that we God lives within us. When we live in sin, especially mortal sin, there are crevices for the demons to hide and doors for them to come in. Whoever lives in a constant state of mortal sin not only endangers their immortal soul, but is the playground for the evil one. As also the one who lives in sanctifying grace becomes the living garden of God’s grace and presence. The light increases in the souls of God’s friends through an active sacramental life and a life of prayerful union with God. We become a dwelling place of God, of light. “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” (Mt. 5:14-16). The faithful child of God becomes a light to the world around him.
“Prayer is the light of the soul, giving us true knowledge of God.” – St. John Chrysostom
“If I ever become a Saint–I will surely be one of ‘darkness.’ I will continually be absent from Heaven–to light the light of those in darkness on earth.” – St. Teresa of Calcutta
“Great and glorious God, and Thou Lord Jesus, I pray you shed abroad your light in the darkness of my mind. Be found of me, Lord, so that in all things I may act only in accordance with Thy holy will.” – St. Francis of Assisi
“Don’t let your life be sterile. Be useful. Blaze a trail. Shine forth with the light of your faith… and light up all the ways of the earth with the fire of Christ that you carry in your heart.” – St. Josemaria Escriva