This little light of mine,
I’m gonna let it shine,
Let it shine,
Oh Let it shine,
Let it shineGosepl Spiritual
Yes, I’ve taken this little light around the world and am just back from Medjugorje in Bosnia & Herzegovina.
Where I lit a candle for friends and family and the world.
Candles flicker across all the religions of the world.
It is a mark of hope, of permanence and memorial.
The gospel spiritual ‘This little light of mine’ is on a spool in the Mississippi Civil Rights Museum in Cleveland.
Where I met Civil Rights legend Myrlie Evers who opened the museum.
And amid the boards with their personal testimonies of struggles, loss and redemption the song is a stirring backdrop.
In another land, amid the mud and blood of Passchendaele in Flanders,
I lit a candle to my Irish Great Uncles who had fallen there.
It sits on my desk and every Memorial Sunday in November I light it and sit in silent memorial for a minute.
We stand too in reverence at the Marian sites of Fatima, Lourdes and Medjugorje.
And watch out too for my review of my Medjugorje pilgrimage with Marian Pilgrimages www.marian.ie soon in the Irish Sun.
Candles, of course, are not just a Western, a Christian, a modern phenomenon.
Light of our lives
Light and fire are primal forces which link us to the Earth and to the heavens.
And are common to other cultures, religions and countries around the world.
And those who claim spirituality but no religion.
To finish, a light-hearted story from my time in Medge.
From the beautifully beardied Franciscan monk Fr Columba.
Who told of us a candlelight procession in New York when his beard which stretches down to his navel caught fire.
Fr Columba is fireproof though, and can fix TV freezes too… Medjugorje story – a sporting passion.
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