Lighting a candle in prayer is a familiar gesture to many of us. The light reminds us of Jesus, the Light of the world, and invites us into the light of God’s presence. Unfortunately, this holy action can also be a dangerous one for our Mother, Earth.
Most candles are made of paraffin, which is derived from petroleum, a fossil fuel. Using fossil fuels to create candles contributes to the amount of carbon in the atmosphere and, as a result, to climate change.
There are ways we can still engage in the ancient practice of candle lighting and care for God’s good creation. Use beeswax, soy wax, or other plant-based waxes, like coconut wax, all of which are largely carbon-neutral. You can also light a virtual candle, which we invite you to do here.
Join us in lighting an eco-friendly virtual candle
Take a moment and breathe deeply. Then read the below prayer. When you’re ready, click the screen or the play button to light your candle.
If you like, leave a comment below after lighting your candle.