“No one after lighting a lamp hides it under a jar, or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a lampstand, so that those who enter may see the light. For nothing is hidden that will not be disclosed, nor is anything secret that will not become known and come to light.
Then pay attention to how you listen; for to those who have, more will be given; and from those who do not have, even what they seem to have will be taken away.”
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
“This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine.” Participants in our annual North City Deanery pilgrimage in St. Louis earlier this month sang this song as we entered St. Nicholas at the close of the walk. This year’s pilgrimage focused on historic sites in our local Catholic history. The song that we sang at the close is a simple one but holds so much individual and communal meaning.
As a community, how can we humbly recognize the truth (the good and the bad) and set it out into the light? While the Jesuits have done much good in St. Louis, our pastor Fr. Dan White, SJ, also acknowledged College Church’s painful history of benefiting from Jesuit slaveholding.
As individuals, in what ways can we challenge ourselves to open up with each other about the joys and challenges we face in our own personal faith journeys? Being vulnerable in this way can both inspire others and normalize the struggles and pain that each of us experience on some level.
—Christine Dragonette is the Director of Social Ministry at St. Francis Xavier College Church in St. Louis.
Come, Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful.
And kindle in them the fire of your love.
Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created.
And you will renew the face of the earth.
by the light of the Holy Spirit
you have taught the hearts of your faithful.
In the same Spirit
help us to relish what is right
and always rejoice in your consolation.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
—Traditional Prayer to the Holy SpiritPlease share the Good Word with your friends!