13 Mystic Mantra: Light in darkness - Fr. Dominic Emmanuel

posted Nov 1, 2018, 3:38 AM by Neil D'Souza   [ updated Nov 1, 2018, 3:38 AM ]
Soon it will be time for Deepavali — the festival celebrated to remove the darkness of evil with the light of goodness. The aim is to bring a little "light" into their dark lives (not evil, but lack of basic necessities).

In this festive season, with Dussehra just gone by, and awaiting joyously the great festival of lights — Deepavali, quite a bit has been said to help us reflect on the spiritual meanings of these very significant days for our personal life. It was nice to read on WhatsApp: "Let us fight the Ravana within us"—the symbol of evil power which, in smaller or greater degree, exists in us all. It is this evil within us, often hidden from our own selves, which I believe is the cause of much evil that goes around in our world. This includes people suffering in extreme poverty, devastation of our environment, jealousy which often turns into hatred towards others, the violence perpetrated, particularly against women and children. The list can go on. Are these not caused by the partial presence of Ravana within us?

Soon it will be time for Deepavali — the festival celebrated to remove the darkness of evil with the light of goodness. Technically, darkness is nothing but lack of light, just as evil is nothing but lack of goodness. Jesus told His disciples, "You are the light of the world." St Francis of Assisi believed, "All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle." Would it not be worthwhile on this occasion then to ask oneself, "Which area of my personal life requires light?" or "Can I be in some way that single candle?" or "How can I bring light into dark corners of the earth?"

One way in which Christians attempted to bring "light" into dark spots of the world was by observing World Mission Sunday on October 21, 2018. Every October, this Sunday is observed as the day when, in every church around the world, the faithful donate an extra bit in the collection basket, which eventually goes to people of a poor country who suffer due to poverty and sickness.

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