1 Sep 2017
At baptism we’re given a lit candle, and we’re told to “keep the flame of faith alive in our hearts.” When the Lord comes to us—whether that’s at the Second Coming, or in a moment of inspiration in life, or here at the altar in the Eucharist—when the Lord comes to us, faith is what makes us “see” him, and faith is what makes him see us.
And the “oil in our lamps” is whatever is we do to keep that flame of faith alive in our hearts: prayer, fasting, almsgiving (which we emphasize during Lent); also asking God to increase our faith, hope, and charity by the Holy Spirit; and being a person who isn’t overtaken by worry, but trusts in the real goodness and tenderness of God. Maybe it means having meaningful religious art in the home...it’s all part of the “oil in our lamps” which keeps faith alive and fresh.
The Church is the Bride of Christ, and we’re all a part of her—loving Christ and being loved by him. As we look for him in daily life and at the end of life, may we keep the flame of...faith...alive in our hearts.