Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. –Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
When we realize that we do not have to be clever, powerful or successful in order to be loved, then we can live in truth, come to the light and be led by the Spirit of God.
–Jean Vanier, Drawn into the Mystery of Jesus through the Gospel of John
Dare to reach out your hand into the darkness, to pull another hand into the light.
– Norman B. Rice
Life has beauty and a joy that transcends all the darkness that surrounds us, that something ineffable lives beyond the ordinary affairs of the day, and that without this mystery our lives would not be worth living.- Kent Nerbern
As the sun illumines not only the heaven and the whole world, shining on both land and sea, but also sends rays through windows and small chinks into the furthest recesses of a house, so the Word, poured out everywhere, behold the smallest actions of our life.
-Clement of Alexandria
Destroy the cave Ignorance, and you destroy the mole Crime…The only social peril is darkness. – Victor Hugo, Les Miserables
If the soul is left in darkness, sins will be committed. The guilty one is not he who commits the sin, but the one who causes the darkness. – Victor Hugo, Les Miserables
Luke 1:78-79 (NRSV)
By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us,
to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death,
to guide our feet into the way of peace.
John 1:1-5 (NRSV)
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through him, and without him not one thing came into being. What has come into being in him was life, and the life was the light of all people. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it.
When Jesus said, “I am the light of the world,” he was identifying himself with the primal light of creation itself. This should not surprise us, because as the agent of creation (John 1:3), he was present as the pre-incarnate Logos to bring light and life to the whole of creation (John 1:4, 9). The Word became flesh to restore light/life by the conquering of darkness/death (John 3:19-21). Jesus said it plainly: “I have come as light into the world, so that everyone who believes in me should not remain in darkness” (John 12:46). E. Stanley Jones captured Christianity’s sentiment by writing, “Jesus put a face on God.” It is the face of light–the face that reveals God’ creative act and God’s redemptive plan. We know we are in the presence of God when we experience “light”—when we have some form of darkness dispelled in our lives. Contrary to the notion of some, that God brings “gloom and doom” to life, the Christian revelation, in the face of Jesus Christ, is that God brings “light and life.”
– Steve Harper, Lumen Fidei: Out of Darkness
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