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The Divine Light
By
Murray Bodo, O.F.M.
Source: The Simple Way
Published: Sunday, October 27, 2013

Francis says, “In his courtesy and good pleasure, God can banish darkness and give us God’s own wonder-working light.”

Cortesia
, courtesy, is the virtue of the knight. St. Francis attributes the knightly virtue of courtesy to God. Like the good knight, God is kindly disposed toward us, and it is God’s good pleasure to fill us with Divine wonder-working light. This is the light that banishes darkness. God does not violently banish darkness like a ruthless knight, but instead simply fills us with divine light, which darkness cannot abide.

This is the light Saint John the Evangelist writes of: “The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it” (John 1:5). This wonder-working light of God is Jesus Christ. In him there is no darkness.

Do I turn to Christ for light when I am in darkness?

Adapted from The Simple Way: Meditations on the Words of Saint Francis , by Murray Bodo, O.F.M.


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