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Choosing the Light!

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Choosing the Light!
Pastor’s Column
4th Sunday of Lent
March 18, 2012
 
“And this is the verdict, that the light came into the world, but people preferred darkness to light, because their works were evil. For everyone who does wicked things hates the light and does not come toward the light.”
                                                  John 3:19-20
 
          This past fall, thirty-eight pilgrims and I visited the village of Garabandal in northern Spain. This location is the site of a possible apparition of the Virgin Mary, one of many which the church has not issued a final judgment on. Not knowing what to expect, most of us were in fact quite moved by this place: it is humble, un-commercialized, and somewhat unknown. The message is challenging and got us to ponder certain aspects of Catholic teaching.
 
          One of the (controversial) things Our Lady is said to have spoken here is that at a point in the near future every living person will have some kind of an illumination of conscience: the gift of seeing their soul as it really is before God. And this got me to thinking: all of us really are going to experience this – at the moment of death!   But it won’t do us a whole lot of good to see the truth about how we stand in the sight of God after life is over! We must pray very hard to see the truth now, while we are still living and have the chance to correct these things while still on earth. God wishes to help us with this!
 
          God is light! He came into the world to make clear what is true and what is false in our lives. In light of this, therefore, we can begin to evaluate our souls: what actions or sinful behaviors would I prefer not see the light of day? Evil is attracted to the cover of darkness; goodness seeks the light! Someday the whole truth of who I am and what I have become will be absolutely transparent to everyone. What areas of my soul would I prefer remain unobserved? God wishes to enlighten us deeply about these hidden (and not-so-hidden) areas of darkness within us, helping us to do battle with these sinful choices. This will be a life-long battle!
 
          Life consists of a series of choices. God has given us true and objective truth by which we can judge these choices, the actions of our lives: what fruit has this choice produced? Have my actions led to anger, discord, addiction, sin, and dark things that I keep hidden? Or are the fruits a greater love, joy, peace, patience, chastity and the other fruits of the Spirit?
 
          Do my actions conform to the commandments and to church teaching? Am I living a life of obedience to my marriage or religious vows? Am I truly pro-life, or have I embraced the “culture of death” the media tends to plug? We will all have to argue our case before God in total light one day so it is best to ask God to reveal to us now, in the light of faith, the true state of our soul before God, that we might take action now in this battleground we call life on earth.
 
                                                              Father Gary

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