St. John of Naples wrote about the light of Christ, and the confidence it gives us. One of his sermons fits so nicely with my New Year’s resolve to live without fear and in confidence with the Lord and with those around me.
He said, (my translation from the Italian):
” ‘The Lord is my light and my salvation, of whom shall I fear?’ (Psalm 27, 1) A great salvation is this, my brothers. Salvation that does not fear failings, that does not fear fatigue, that voluntarily faces suffering…..It is He who enlightens, it is He who saves. Of whom shall I be afraid? Surely the darkness of trials will come; the Lord is my light. They may come, but they will not overwhelm me; they may assail my heart, but they will not conquer it….He gives Himself to us and we give ourselves to Him. Let us run with haste to the physician while we have time…” (St. John of Naples, Disc. 7)