“A belief in the immortality of the human soul, of the survival of the person beyond death, is one of the most important expressions of human hope.”—Fr. Benedict Joseph Groeschel, Tears of God: Persevering in the Face of Great Sorrow or Catastrophe
Original piece by Daniel Burka on Unsplash.
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This photo 📸 is of Sơn Đoòng cave in Vietnam. I increased the contrast to create the impression of a glorious light that wraps around the person standing at the top of the rock formation, hands outstretched as if to receive it.
Symbolically, I think of passage through a cave to represent the interior passage of a person, grappling with—and ideally inverting—the dark corners of their heart ❤️, bringing it out into the light, where it can be given new life.
For every one who does evil hates the light, and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. But he who does what is true comes to the light, that it may be clearly seen that his deeds have been wrought in God.—John 3:20-21 (RSV2CE)
In pictures I found of cave dolines (sinkholes), there is a beautiful painting of greens 🌱 permitted by their access to the light. It is like that with our hearts I believe.
The time is now, on this side of life—the earthly side 🌏—to settle our debts with others, to forgive as we wish to be forgiven, to ask for forgiveness, to create peace, to carry about an infectious love…
If we permit God’s light ☀️ to shine into all the corners of our heart now, the light won’t feel as if it’s burning us when we pass over to the other side.
Whatever we choose, the dark or the light, it will eventually be brought to light, whether we want it to or not!
“No one after lighting a lamp covers it with a vessel, or puts it under a bed, but puts it on a stand, that those who enter may see the light. For nothing is hidden that shall not be made manifest, nor anything secret that shall not be known and come to light.—Luke 8:16-17 (RSV2CE)