Mercy Meditations

Why Do We Light Candles?

The Catholic custom of lighting candles has its roots in early Christian times, emerging from the Church teaching that Christ is the Light of the World (see Jn 8:12).

 “A votive candle really represents our prayer before God,” says Fr. Chris Alar, MIC, director of the Association of Marian Helpers. “We join our prayers to the light of Christ, allowing that light to burn on and on in our souls, even when we cannot be in a shrine physically. Christ is the Light of the World, and when we see the light of the candles, we are reminded of that hope.”

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Thankfully for us who live in these parts, the Lord has seen to it that this rural corner of Massachusetts contains two holy outposts of Christian renewal, where the mystical life can be lived, precisely for the world’s redemption.


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