Thought for the Day – 14 April – Meditations with Antonio Cardinal Bacci (1881-1971)
The Tabernacle Lamp
“Look up at the lamp quietly glowin before the Taberncle in honour of the Eucharistic Presence of Jesus, the Light of the world.
We also, should be like living lamps of love.
The lamp burns night and day in the Presence of Jesus and burns itself out for Him.
For what do we wear out our lives?
In useless and unnecessary projects, perhaps for worldly reasons, for the satisfaction of our ego or of our passions?
We shall certainly never find peace this way but only disillusionment and remorse.
The lamp is the light in the darkness.
Our lives should be a light of good example to others.
The lamp has a flame which gives heat.
We should burn with love for God, our one and only good and, for all men, whom we should regard as our brothers in Jesus Christ.
The lamp is raised above the ground and is suspended from tbe ceiling by three chains.
We should be above earthly things and should be attached to Heaven by the three chains of faith, hope ad charity.
As the lamp opens out, only on top, so should we be open to Heavenly inspirations and closed to worldly preoccupations.
God should be tbe centre of our thoughts and our lives should be dedicated to Him.
In this way, we shall find peace on earth and happiness hereafter.”