January 26, 2012
Memorial of Saint Timothy and Saint Titus,
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He said to them, "Is a lamp brought
in to be placed under a bushel basket or under
a bed, and not to be placed on a lampstand?
For there is nothing hidden except to be made visible;
nothing is secret except to come to light. Anyone who
has ears to hear ought to hear." He also told
them, "Take care what you hear. The measure with which
you measure will be measured out to you, and still
more will be given to you. To the one who
has, more will be given; from the one who has
not, even what he has will be taken away."
Introductory Prayer: 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.
Petition: Christ, help me to
be a sincere witness of your light.
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?
3. 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
Conversation with Christ: Lord, thank you for
this calling. You 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 grace. Let me be
brave enough to allow this light to penetrate my soul
even more today. Let me be brave enough to not
hide from your light; let me be brave enough to
give it to others.
Resolution: 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