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Swiss theologian, Hans Urs Von Balthasar, once wrote:
"After a mother has smiled for a long time at her child, the child will begin to smile back; she has awakened love in its heart, and in awakening love in its heart, she awakes recognition as well. . . . In the same way, God explains himself before us as love. Love radiates from God and instills the light of love in our hearts."
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It's easy to be cynical about the hype surrounding Christmas, not just because it starts earlier each year and seems focused on everything, but the birth of Jesus, but also because Christmas itself seemingly doesn't deliver on its promise.
To light a candle is an act of hope.
In the days of apartheid in South Africa, Christians there used to light candles and place them in windows as a sign to themselves and to others that they believed that some day this injustice would end. A candle burning in a window was a sign of hope and a political statement.
When I was a child, as part of our family prayer, we used to pray for a happy death. In my young mind, a happy death would be to die inside of grace, cradled warmly in the loving arms of family and Church, fully at peace with God and others, having had time to speak final words of love and gratitude.