Here’s an extract from a site a friend recommended to us: the cloistered heart
My wish this year is not like what I’ve asked for before.
This year I have but one wish: I want to be a candle.
I want to stand tall and firm, carrying the Light of Christ even when winds and storms lash about me. The world has grown terribly dark. We talk of peace and sing of peace, yet rumours of wars swirl all around. We’re busy and distracted, we have no time left over to pray. We get confused about what is truth and what is not; we redefine sin and call it “choice” and “entertainment,” and there is more darkness around than I could tell you about. It can be hard to peer into darkness, and I feel sometimes like a child at night who wants to cover her head with blankets and wait for morning light. I need the light; the world needs the light. So I want to be a candle.
Like a pillar of flame standing beside the Tabernacle in a monastery, lifting firelight fingers high in adoration, I want to offer praise to God. Like a sanctuary light gently calling attention to the fact that Jesus is with us, I want to keep vigil by His side and call attention to Him. I would like to flicker softly, as a gentle reminder of His presence, no matter where I may be. So I want to be a candle.
I know I am asking a lot. I know that in order for the Flame to increase, a candle must decrease. A candle gives itself for the Fire; it gives its all. That’s okay. You see, I want to live my life for God. I am not so good at the doing of this, but with the grace of God I’m getting better at the wanting.
Based on a meditation from http://www.thecloisteredheart.org/