We heard a lot this past week from presidential candidates and politicians about darkness and light in our world as they shared stories and sought solutions to what might be causing the darkness and how we might emerge from it. No doubt there have been homilies with this theme.
In his weekly message Franciscan friar, Richard Rohr, focused on disorder and order, another way of expressing darkness and light. The perspectives of politicians and priests are helpful but, in the end, to move from the dark to light or disorder to order, is an intentional personal choice.
The other night, my husband asked when I thought the dark cloud hanging low these days, would dissipate. It was a rhetorical question that lingered in the air throughout the evening. I wanted to give him an answer, but knew anything I said would be foolish. He is not alone in his worries.
"... the grateful acknowledgment of blessings and gifts received is loved and esteemed both in heaven and on earth ...
[Let us gratefully acknowledge] the many spiritual graces which God our Creator and Lord has been so good as to grant us. His wish being to raise everything to His greater service and praise through His ordinary grace, as Creator looking with an infinite love upon His creature, and though infinite, made Himself finite and willing to die for him."