By Sister Barbara Hudock, ASC

“The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.”  John 1:5.

We’ve come to Advent, that season of the Christian church year leading to Christmas. Our waiting for the light of Christ’s birth comes as those of us in the Northern Hemisphere experience short days and long nights, and, for many of us, too little light.

In this Earthly darkness, my Advent practice will be to see the light, experience the light, be the light.

This time of year, it’s easy to run away from the darkness – both the literal and figurative darkness in our lives — toward all the bright, shiny, busy preparations of the holidays.

I recommend sitting in the darkness and lighting a candle for just a few minutes each day.

It can help us realize the gifts that are ours.

We celebrate the Light coming to the world on Christmas Day. But that same light is with us each day and calls us to be a light for others.

Let us choose to walk in the darkness when it’s necessary and bring our light.

What is the light that you bring to others?