Beautiful hand-carved scented candle. Handmade with Auckland with the fresh scent of Mint, Cinnamon and pinecone. A unique gift for all.
Christ the new Light
The mystery of this boon is great, dearly beloved, and this gift exceeds all gifts that God should call man son, and man should name God Father: for by these terms we perceive and learn the love which reached so great a height. For if in natural progeny and earthly families those who are born of noble parents are lowered by the faults of evil intercourse, and unworthy offspring are put to shame by the very brilliance of their ancestry; to what end will they come who through love of the world do not fear to be outcast from the family of Christ? But if it gains the praise of men that the father’s glory should shine again in their descendants, how much more glorious is it for those who are born of God to regain the brightness of their Maker’s likeness and display in themselves Him Who begot them, as says the Lord: Let your light so shine before men that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven Matthew 5:16? We know indeed, as the Apostle John says that the whole world lies in the evil one 1 John 5:19, and that by the stratagems of the Devil and his angels numberless attempts are made either to frighten man in his struggle upwards by adversity or to spoil him by prosperity, but greater is He that is in us, than he that is against us , and they who have peace with God and are always saying to the Father with their whole hearts your will be done Matthew 6:10 can be overcome in no battles, can be hurt by no assaults. For accusing ourselves in our confessions and refusing the spirit’s consent to our fleshly lusts, we stir up against us the enmity of him who is the author of sin, but secure a peace with God that nothing can destroy, by accepting His gracious service, in order that we may not only surrender ourselves in obedience to our King but also be united to Him by our free-will. For if we are like-minded, if we wish what He wishes, and disapprove what He disapproves, He will finish all our wars for us, He Who gave the will, will also give the power: so that we may be fellow-workers in His works, and with the exultation of Faith may utter that prophetic song: the Lord is my light and my salvation: whom shall I fear? The Lord is the defender of my life: of whom shall I be afraid?”- St Leo the Great