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Dear child, can you imag­ine a world in which all the light was con­cen­trated in one sin­gle place? It would blind the eyes of those close to it and leave those far from it in the dark.

No, what you want is a world with light here and there; here and there so you can see and nav­i­gate through all your Fa­ther’s glo­ri­ous cre­ation.

“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill can­not be hid­den. Nor do peo­ple light a lamp and put it un­der a bas­ket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine be­fore oth­ers, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Fa­ther who is in heaven.” —Je­sus to the dis­ci­ples, Matthew 5:14–16

If you imag­ine each soul as a lamp, you can see that it’s good and right for souls to stand in dif­fer­ent places. Lit by the same fuel—the love of the Holy Spirit—each soul shines light in its own unique space. And that’s a beau­ti­ful, per­fect thing as it re­sults in the to­tal­ity of your Fa­ther’s cre­ation to shine brightly.

While it can feel threat­en­ing to your sense of your own choices when a soul you love chooses to stand in a slightly dif­fer­ent place, it’s all for the good. When a loved one chooses to wor­ship in a dif­fer­ent way, it’s best to let them go with your bless­ing to light up a new space.

Come to Me now in prayer and in love so that the Holy Spirit may fill your lamp with the oil of My strength. There! You’re ready to shine all day.

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