"The most beautiful act of faith is the one made in darkness, in sacrifice, and with extreme effort."—Padre Pio
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I took this photo from the rooftop of the Milan Cathedral (Duomo di Milano). The sun had veiled itself behind a sheet of clouds and it didn’t look like it would be showing itself any time soon.
I loved the spire’s position in the photo, and it was as if the statue on top was also waiting to see if the sun would show again. I snapped the best shot I could but, with the sun tucked away, I didn’t think much of the photo afterwards. It wasn’t until editing the photo months later that it really came to life. I sucked all the color out of the city and then emphasized the yellows. The sunlight, however little that was in the picture, suddenly popped as a beautiful orange. While this was just photo editing, it got me thinking more deeply about how often I focus on the darkness rather than on the promise of light.
It’s also a nice reminder to me that having faith isn’t an easy calling. We often have to suffer and dwell in the darkness, with no visible sign of relief, holding fast to hope that we will eventually emerge into the light. This slow turning from the dark into the light happens (a) at a micro level, like emerging out of a challenging point of our life, or (b) at a macro level, where our entire life on Earth is a valley of darkness in comparison to the eternal life we are invited to.
The quote is attributed to Padre Pio though I could not locate the source. He dealt with dark moments but knew how to get through it. YouTube: Father Mike and Ascension Presents: Padre Pio’s Secret to Holiness