During the week the Parish took delivery of our new Paschal candle. This beautiful candle is made of bee’s wax by an extraordinary group of nuns from the Benedictine Abbey in Jamberoo, New South Wales. The vocation of this enclosed community of Benedictine nuns is a call to a life of prayer. The great motto of the Benedictines is ora et labora which is Latin for prayer and work. So, part of the work the nuns undertake for the life of the Church is making beautiful candles and we are blessed to have one. These candles also attest to another part of Benedictine spiritualty, "that in all things God may be glorified" (Rule of St Benedict).
This new candle will be lit at the Easter Vigil. At the door of the Church during the Easter Vigil I will lift up the candle and sing, “The Light of Christ”, and everyone will reply, “Thanks be to God”. This is at the heart of the gospel today when Jesus says, “As long as I am in the world, I am the light of the world” (Jn 9:5).