Reflection – A Joy, a Light!

June 2, 2018 – “…I am calling you to accept my words which I am speaking to you as a mother, with a simplicity of heart, so that you may set out on the way of complete light and purity, of the singular love of my Son, man and God. A joy-a light indescribable in human words-will penetrate your soul and the peace and love of my Son will take hold of you. I desire this for all of my children…”

A joy-a light indescribable in human words-will penetrate your soul and the peace and love of my Son will take hold of you…

We have heard of testimonies of people witnessing a great, often indescribable, light. A physical light; one some have claimed to be brighter, more magnificent than the sun. Some of these experiences were documented in photographs or videos taken by individuals at Marian apparition sites, at shrines, and even at a local parish during Adoration or Mass, or at someone’s home while praying the Rosary with a group.

Most Christians can agree, whether one has witnessed it or not, that there is a great Heavenly light that exists. A light unlike anything we’re accustomed to. One that is incredibly bright, but somehow does not harm the eyes of those who’ve witnessed it. And the result of this great light is immense joy, and a realization of God’s majesty.

And while I do believe such a light exists, my initial thoughts when reading the above sentence from Our Lady was not primarily directed to an exterior, physical light, but a great interior light from within. I thought about conversion; about reconciling with God; about proclaiming our Fiat to Him, and desiring to live united with Him.

I thought about the difference between living with God, and without Him; about how much the Lord fills all the empty spaces within us. How much His mercy and love make up for all we lack! There was a time in my life where, although baptized and confirmed in the Roman Catholic Church, I really did not know or seek Him as I should. And because of that, honestly, I did not have real joy. Looking back, everything was just so superficial and lukewarm. I was consumed with the world, vying for its approval. The interior life, and my personal relationship with the Lord was almost non-existent. And the emptiness I was feeling was being filled with all the wrong answers, to no avail. It wasn’t until I decided for Jesus through Mary that I experienced “a light indescribable in human words,” as Our Lady puts it, from within.

Light chases away darkness. It reveals truth, and disinfects. Light lifts us up, regenerates us. It rips the veils and scales from our sights so we can see everything around us (and within us) truthfully and clearly. It illuminates our perception, permitting us to see the traps and pitfalls we’d otherwise miss while venturing through the dark.

Light is healing. Light is truth, joy and hope. Jesus is the Light of our lives! And if we choose to follow this magnificent Light we will experience a peace and joy that will indeed penetrate our hearts and souls unlike anything we’ve ever known!

“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” [John 8:12]

However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived”the things God has prepared for those who love him—these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. [1 Corinthians 2:9-10]

Padre Pio once wrote in a letter:

I am very cognizant of the fact that there is nothing in me to attract the gaze of our very sweet Jesus. It is only his goodness that has filled my soul with no many blessings. I am hardly ever out of his sight; he follows me everywhere. He restores my life when it is poisoned by sin; he dissipates the thick clouds that surround my soul after sing.

At night when I close my eyes, the veil is lowered and paradise is opened up to me. Comforted by that vision, I sleep with a gentle, beatific smile on my lips and a perfect calm on my brow. I wait for the little companion of my childhood [his guardian angel] to come wake me so that we can lift up morning praises together to our hearts’ delight. 

Living with Jesus, our Divine Lord and Savior, fulfills our lives in ways the world never could. It is Jesus Who is the source of our joy, light and peace! It is Our Lady’s desire that all of her children come to experience this joy and peace, of knowing and loving the Lord; of becoming part of God’s family where we all truly belong!

Sacred Heart of Jesus, I trust in You!

Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for us!