'A rooster crows only when it sees the light. Put him in the dark and he'll never crow. I have seen the light and I'm crowing.' ~Muhammad Ali
Much of Europe is feeling the icy grip of winds blowing down from Siberia. Despite the cold, it is hard to believe that the sun is going through its most active phase in recent years, throwing off spectacular solar flares. They travel at 6.7 million km/h towards earth and when they hit our atmosphere throw off red and green colours. The effect is known as the Northern Lights and can even be seen in some parts of Ireland. Light has always been seen as a symbol of hope. In the midst of darkness, light helps us find our bearings, find our direction and helps us on our way. Today is Candlemass Day and candles are particularly treasured and blessed today. A simple candle may not seem much, but in a dark room it is a dazzling light. As believers, it is our firm belief that Jesus is our light too, making such a difference in a world that can often be just so dark at times. This light knows no limits or boundaries. It can penetrate the deepest of darkness, it can shatter hopelessness and despair, it can uplift, guide and direct. Today we gently invite God's light into our lives and into the lives of those who crave for light, hope and peace.