LORD Jesus Christ, You are the true Light enlightening every soul born into this world.
Today we celebrate the feast of Candlemas.
Before Holy Mass, the priest blesses the candles, whose wax is the humming summer's work of countless bees.
The flames of these candles will shed their light upon the altar at the Holy Sacrifice.
Help us to realize, this day and every day, that our own humdrum daily
work, if it is done for love of You, and in union with the Holy
Sacrifice of the Mass, will be a supernatural work, and will shine
brightly before You for all eternity.
Help us realize, too, each time we see the blessed candles at Holy
Mass, or at the bedside of the sick, that they are a symbol of
Yourself, the Light shining in the darkness of this world.
Help us to live in that Light, to make it our own, and to kindle it in
the souls of others, increasing the area Of light and lessening the
darkness in the World.
This, dear Lord, help us do, through the merits of Your own dear
mother, Mary, who did everything for love of You, from the moment she
brought You into this world till the day she joined You in the realms
of light at her death.
Then we, too, working for You, shall be light-bearers who will help to
spread Your kingdom on earth, and increase the number of those who
dwell in heaven, the city of eternal light.