Sitting in a small chapel in downtown Chicago I found myself drawn to the wall of stained glass windows. It reminded me of a story I heard about a child, who standing before a beautiful stained glass window of a saint, was asked, “Who is a saint?” Without hesitation he responded, “A saint is someone that lets God’s light shine through them.” Wow! Out of the mouths of babes!
Each of us has the potential to let the light shine through. Some people just seem to be on fire with that light. God’s presence just can’t be missed. Others, the light is like the warm steady glow of embers. They provide a mesmerizing sense of peace to those around them. Yet, others have been beaten down by the realities of life. The light is there hiding behind walls and barriers erected for protection. It’s there. Barely a flicker, but it’s there. Finally, for what appears to be a growing number of individuals who have, for whatever reasons, been so hardened that the space where the light may have once been is void. These are individuals who can transform a street, a school, a movie theater, a night club … filled with laughter and celebration into a scene of terror and grief.
We need saints! Now, perhaps more than ever, our fractured world needs individuals to stand tall and allow the redeeming light of God to shine through. So find you inner light and let it shine! You just might bring hope to someone living in a very dark place.
– Blog entry by Sister Patty Kremer