I just finished reading the utterly captivating book, Left To Tell, by Immaculée Ilibagiza, one of the few surviving Tutzi tribe members who suffered an unspeakably cruel genocide in her country of Rwanda. If her telling of the horrors did anything to me concerning evil, the equally astounding presence of God revealing Himself to her through miracle after miracle of escape was nothing less than an Epiphany-kind of revelation. Through her fidelity in prayer and silence, her trust in nothing but God, her Savior revealed Himself in the darkness, at the last minute, blinding the enemy to the hunted Tutzis, sending someone to help in the nick of time or giving Immaculée an amazing gift of love, even for her would-be killers. Anyone who has known God, has probably known God’s presence more in the dark than anywhere else. So it was with Immaculée and she would surely attest to the truth that it is in the dark where God seems to visit most often. Is Epiphany going on in our darkness? In the darkness of our Church? Of our world? I think so. Is God’s Light shining through you too?
Renée Domeier, OSB