January 6, Bl. Andre Bessette
André spent most of his days in a narrow lodge, with only a table,
some chairs and a bench as furnishings. He was attentive to the needs
of all, smiling, obliging. In the evening he would engage in the difficult
work of maintaining the parlor and hallway floors. He was on his knees
until late at night, washing, polishing, and waxing by the dim light
of a candle. — Abbey of Saint-Joseph de Clairval
The use of candles is one of the loveliest Christmas
customs that we can keep on using throughout the year.
Now, more than ever, Christmas is a festival of light
in a dark world, a time to hold our candles high, and to teach our children
all the little ceremonies which make life gracious and full of meaning.
No matter how long we live, nor how learned we become, we may travel
the world over, and find nothing more beautiful than candlelight on
the face of a child. "Now the Lord be thanked because we have light."
— Dorothy Albaugh Stickell