Thursday 28 December 2017
Best wishes for joy and peace

The light of each faith

of Katiuscia Carnà

On the occasion of the Holy Christmas, which for Christians represents birth, is rooted the festival of light. For the populations of the northern hemisphere, it is linked to the winter solstice, going beyond any creed. A light illuminates the darkness and the obscurity, representing for many religions the way in which God or a deity manifests itself. The luminosity is a feature common to many deities from ancient civilizations, to the religions of the Book, to the Eastern ones that we generally feel more distant from ours. The light in Christianity is the Birth of Christ that gives itself to Humanity, it is the mantle of God’s presence, it is the renewal from the darkness, a divine gift.

« The rising sun will come to us from heaven to shine on those living in darkness and in the shadow of death »  (Luke 1,78-79)

The Jewish holiday of light, the Hannukah, corresponds in a certain sense to Christmas and falls on the 25th day of the Jewish month of Kislev corresponding this year to December 12th and includes the lighting of candles for eight nights. It is the second most important religious celebration of the Jewish people, during which the consecration of the new altar in the Temple of Jerusalem in 161 BC is commemorated and therefore the liberation of Israel from the Greek occupiers.

« There will be no more night. They will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give them light.» (Ap 22,5)

In Islam “an Nur”, the light is a metaphor of faith and the opposite of the darkness of unbelief, is celebrated on the occasion of the most important festival, Eid al-Fitr, at the end of the fasting month of Ramadan, during which Muslims give thanks to God on a day of celebration.

« Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth. His Light (in the Universe) may be likened to a niche wherein is a lamp, and the lamp is in the crystal which shines in star-like brilliance. It is lit from (the oil) of a blessed olive tree that is neither eastern nor western. Its oil well nigh glows forth (of itself) though no fire touched it: Light upon Light. Allah guides to His Light whom He wills. Allah sets forth parables to make people understand. Allah knows everything.» (Quran, 24:35)

Gathering all together to rediscover the light is our wish for this period of festivity and the commitment we renew in our work and in the projects that we carry forward every day thanks to your precious support.


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