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'Flame Of Hope'
(Archived on Tuesday - February - 02/02/2010 )

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  Photo was taken yesterday in the Prayer Room at Coláiste Choilm, Ballincollig, Co.Cork (Irl)  
There is an old saying that says: one candle can wipe out darkness. Today is Candlemass Day so its appropriate that our photo is of a candle. It is a bees wax candle throwing up a lovely warm and inviting flame.


Thought on Tuesday - February - 02/02/2010

Light gives of itself freely, filling all available space. It does not seek anything in return; it asks not whether you are friend or foe. It gives of itself and is not thereby diminished. ~Michael Strassfeld

Today (Feb 2nd) is Candlemas Day. Like many Christian celebrations its roots lie deep in pagan times. The date lies half way between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. It is a time of transition from winter into spring. On the Christian calendar it was renamed ‘Candlemas’ to mark the presentation of Jesus in the temple. It is a day that is rich in meaning and symbolism. We live in a world that is often darkened by evil and darker forces. We believe that the light of Christ is powerful and strong enough to wipe out all forms of darkness. This light knows no limits or boundaries. It can penetrate the deepest of darkness, it can shatter hopelessness and despair, it can uplift, guide and direct. Today we gently invite God’s light into our lives and into the lives of those who crave for light, hope and peace.

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