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Salt And Light

Updated: Feb 7, 2023

Salt and light. Two things used in our lives everyday. But I heard an interesting analogy about salt and light over the past weekend. The presenter described the unique roles of both of those things and how it compared to our own roles in life.

He said that both salt and light exist to make things better. Long ago, salt was used as a preservative before we had refrigeration. Now it acts to enhance the flavor of certain foods. And the purpose of light is to allow us to see other things and to see our way in the dark.

As I listened, my mind went to our work in the pro life movement. We aren't just there. If we are being effective, we are enhancing the good works of other people. If we are shining our light of hope and courage, we are showing the way for people who need a lift. We are shining light on what is wrong so change can take place. We are casting light on the path to serving enthusiastically as God's Hands and Feet on earth.

Through feeding the hungry, providing material and emotional support to families, and by actively working to support all life, our student-led Protect Life team is making things better and casting a shining light for others to follow.

This presenter was a priest at the Mass I attended last Sunday. He spoke of the many lives lost in the last century through World Wars. Millions of lost lives in battles that began in countries that had a history of supposed Christian values. But the people lost the vision of being the light and the salt. Maybe they justified their inaction or apathy as not wanting to get involved?

This priest then spoke of the millions of lives lost in America as "the floodgates of abortion were opened" in our nation that speaks often of Christian values. Many might have justified their inaction or apathy as not wanting to get involved?

Give some thought to the following passage from the 5th chapter of Matthew, verses 13-16.

“You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned? It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.

You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden.

Nor do they light a lamp and then put it under a bushel basket; it is set on a lampstand, where it gives light to all in the house.

Just so, your light must shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your heavenly Father."

Use the contact form at the end of this page if you'd like to join us in enhancing good things and shining a positive light.

Ralph Willemin

Advisor to the Pewamo Protect Life team

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