(revised from posting in January 2013)
Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark.
– Rabindranath Tagore
Days are lengthening, and even amid the cloudy days of winter we sense that light is returning. Our liturgical calendar finds us in the season of Epiphany – a time of revelation that a Savior had been born in Bethlehem and signaled to the world by the light of a star, a symbol of the light our world needs as much as ever to expose the hatred, lies, ignorance and violence we live with.
American composer Morten Lauridsen, in his large-scale work Lux aeterna, includes this gentle evocation of Light from Light, true God from true God. The quiet serenity of this music might help you to find the dawn’s glimmer of light that signals an awakening and expanding faith within you.
O nata lux de lumine, Jesu redemptor saeculi
O born light of light, Jesus, redeemer of the world
Often times our faith is demonstrated through our actions in the world. But at the core of those actions our faith is cultivated in the stillness of the dark, before dawn’s light.