August 28, 2017
By Sister Agnes BrennanLast Monday thousands upon thousands of people were focused on the solar eclipse as it tracked a path across the United States. Across the country people were buying the correct glasses and positioning themselves in order to see as much of the eclipse as possible. Some commentators called this cosmic event a moment of unity. Some remarked about nature’s ability to reorient us, to view ourselves from a grander perspective and to bring us into a deeper awareness of our interconnectedness. Spiritual writers spoke about the moment as an invitation to delve into our own shadows—those scary places within us that we have repressed because we are unable to name and bring them into the light of consciousness.
As I viewed images of the eclipse, two lines from Scripture came to my mind: “the light shines in the darkness and the darkness did not overcome it” (John 1:5) and “even the darkness will not be dark to God; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to God” (Psalm 139:12).
When I reflected on my own “shadow” in connection to what the solar eclipse portrayed I came to a deep understanding of how my darkness is held in God’s light, which is pure, unconditional love. Even at the totality phase of the eclipse, the light encircled the dark. It seemed as if the darkness was being held in a womb of light. How precious we are. How deeply and completely we in our totality, our darkness and our light, are embraced by Love. Read More