Joy is a hallmark of the Discalced Carmelite life. St. Teresa of Avila was known to say, “From silly devotions and sour-faced saints, good Lord, deliver us.” St. Teresa of the Andes wrote, “Jesus alone is beautiful; He is my only joy.”
What came to be through him was life, and this life was the light of the human race; the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
Jesus is the light that came into the world, and in him, there is no darkness at all.
All we have to do is look around us or turn on the news and see the darkness. Hatred, bigotry, division, greed, gluttony, and evil in all its forms are still ever-present in our world. But 2,018 years ago, God sent his only Son to save us from our sins—we have a route out of darkness. Why is it so hard to see his light sometimes?
If we see too much darkness in the world, perhaps we are being called to bring more light into it. We are all called to reflect his light to others. By praying and…
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