First Meditation
(The Way of Perfection, Chapters 1,3)

"You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lamp stand, where it gives light to all in the house. Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father." (1)

The Light Must Shine

So many souls in dire need
So many hearts, lost and impure;
In countless ways, by word and deed,
The Lord's disdained -- who can endure?

The light must shine against the night;
Love must be shown, and hope restored;
By faith, our hearts will be set right --
To honor Him -- our life and Lord!

May Christ call forth pure souls to lead,
His church to stand against the night;
May prayers and fasting intercede,
That they may guide with heaven's light.

To live the counsels carefully,
To serve Him as a faithful friend,
To persevere here prayerfully --
All else is means unto this end.

To pray for Mother Church and souls;
And serve Him well - our foremost goals.

May the flame of holy determination burn in our hearts and propel us to serve Him with all our might.

1. Matthew 5:14-16

(c) Paul Buis, 2004