Everywhere we are rightly being exhorted to pray in the wake of the barbaric murder of an elderly priest while about the Lord’s work. We are praying for him, though with the confidence that soon enough we shall be praying to him. We are praying for the other victims, and even for the demon-inspired murderers, just in case God got through at the very last gasp. We are praying for all the persecuted Church, and those who fall victim to hatred of Christ. We are praying for those who keep us safe.
Prayer is seen as soul’s work. But we have bodies, and bodies can pray too. A little mortification, perhaps some fasting and abstinence (why do we hear so little exhortation to fasting nowadays?); a little kneeling before the Lord, or even prostration if you can manage that without making a show of it; setting one’s face to the East in a prayerful gaze of longing for the Lord to return at last in glory; telling your beads with our Lady.
At the very least we can all do this: search your purses, wallets, bags, backs of couches, underneath car seats, etc, and get together some coinage. If you’ve no coins, a banknote will do. The go to your local parish church, monastery church, convent chapel, school chapel, hospital chapel, prison chapel— a church at any rate…
… and light a candle or three, hallowing each one with a brief prayer. Let’s fill our churches with light, that the world might know that the darkness might win a battle but it cannot win the war.
Let there be light: fiat lux — lumen Christi, lumen fidei, lumen veritatis, lumen caritatis, lumen spei.
Could we all do that? #fiatlux