In 4th-century Rome, a young woman named Lucy placed four candles in a wreath, lit them, and balanced the lights on her head. She opened the door to a dark tunnel, a catacomb, where bodies had been buried. As the lights cast scary shadows, Lucy said many prayers. She moved slowly to balance her hat and a heavy sack that she carried until she heard voices.
"Thank you, thank you," they cried out. She opened her sack to give the people hiding in the burial tunnels of Rome food. The people hid because they were Christians, and at that time, it was dangerous to believe in Jesus. It was so dangerous that later St. Lucy was killed for her beliefs.
During Advent and especially on St. Lucy's feast day of December 13, when you light your Advent wreath or turn on the lights on your Christmas tree, think of how important light is. To people hiding, a friendly light can mean food, comfort, or kindness. In winter, light can be a reminder that spring will always return again. And at Christmas, light is a symbol that Jesus is here with us in our world.
Something to Do
Collect and donate cans to your local food bank.
I'm Sherry Weaver Smith, author of The Wolf and the Shield: An Adventure with Saint Patrick. I like to have adventures in getting outside in nature, crafting, and cooking as I explore our Catholic faith with my daughter. We want to be inspired by the saints!