Tuesday, January 06, 2009

Lux lucet in tenebris - The Light shines in the darkness

From the prologue of the Gospel according to St. John comes these words:
'Et lux in tenebris lucet et tenebrae eam non conprehenderunt'
It translates as The Light shines in the darkness and the darkness could not comprehend or understand it. Hardness of heart is a very scriptural phenomenon and we see it with Pharaoh, the Israelites and even with the Apostles. Because of this they simply could not understand for their hearts were closed.

Jesus Himself found it hard to get through to the disciples (cf Mark 6:51b, 8:17) and because of this, I don't account myself too big of a failure for my own inability.

As the Scripture says in Eph 4:18:
They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts.
However, after the recent unpleasantness, a light shines in the darkness. I present to you my student Lawrence, who has made several appearances on this blog without a whole lot of tears being spilt or a lot of whining.

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Well, he has own blog, titled Deus me vocat which means God calls me. It's a brilliant and superbly meaningful title by the way which he chose himself.

I'd like to highlight a post which he made yesterday. It's titled "There will come a time when you will choose from what is right and what is easy"


In this post, he shared a new insight about a theme I commonly use when I teach, the one about crossroads and the choices we make all the time, for God or for the devil. But he makes an excellent observation that for many of us, life not always like a crossroad but two roads running in parallel where people can go from the steep and narrow upwards way to God to the large paved way which ever so slighly slopes downward to fire.

I honestly never thought of it being a parallel road with people jumping off one to the other all the time. And this analogy brings with it the warning and caution to always be eternaly vigilant lest we slip from one road to the other. I'm glad to learn this and will use it when I teach.

I'm very impressed, to say the least. Read the post here.

It's even more impressive coming from a 15 year old kid. It takes a great deal of guts to do some of the things he does, especially at his age in the world today. i have to admit that when I was his age, my intestinal fortitude might not have been as strong.

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Could you dear readers be so kind as to give Lawrence a visit and leave him a comment to encourage him in his journey to remain faithful to Christ and His Church and to stay the course the in the narrow trek towards God and eternity?

Click here to leave him a comment and give some encouragement.

I'll be grateful.

3 comments:

DonAaron said...

My salute...

Nicholas.B said...

Wat so great! I oso genuflected wen receiving communion. Btw, gd job lawrence. :)

Anonymous said...

lawrence,

your blog do not allow me to comment ...anyway good job ...keep the faith ....traditional of course :)

Brandon