Fiat Lux!

One year ago today, December 8, 2015, this striking light show on the façade of St. Peter’s Basilica, “Fiat Lux,” heightened our awareness of “our common home” earth (cf. Laudato Si’).

Here is a four-minute news story on it from CNS:

And on this feast of Our Lady, let us reflect on Laudato Si’ no. 241:

Mary, the Mother who cared for Jesus, now cares with maternal affection and pain for this wounded world. Just as her pierced heart mourned the death of Jesus, so now she grieves for the sufferings of the crucified poor and for the creatures of this world laid waste by human power. Completely transfigured, she now lives with Jesus, and all creatures sing of her fairness. She is the Woman, “clothed in the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars” (Rev 12:1). Carried up into heaven, she is the Mother and Queen of all creation. In her glorified body, together with the Risen Christ, part of creation has reached the fullness of its beauty. She treasures the entire life of Jesus in her heart (cf. Lk 2:19,51), and now understands the meaning of all things. Hence, we can ask her to enable us to look at this world with eyes of wisdom.

 

 

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  1. As one who was there on Dec 8 last year, I have to say that the manortiz video gives a terribly distorted view of what took place. Standing at the bottom of the Via della Conciliazione on a chilly December evening, one could see the entire façade and dome of the basilica, as the light display unfolded across it.

    The video, with its constant zooming in and out, panning, and focusing on just part of the façade instead of the whole, makes me feel seasick, and I find myself not able to watch more than a few minutes of it. I wonder if there is by any chance another extant video that gives you the whole picture, undisturbed by the camerman’s itchy fingers? Not CNS’s evidently, since they were interviewing people while the display was actually in progress (much to the annoyance of those standing near them, who eventually told them to shut up and let others listen to the soundtrack!) and their camera angle did not include the dome at all.

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