Ireland has a great tradition of lighting candles for special occasions – weddings, job interviews, for the sick and of course for good exam results. Over 50,000 young people will receive their Leaving Certificate results tomorrow and the pathways they follow will take them in many and varied directions.
Tonight we pray for them, for their families and for their teachers. We pray also that as they continue on their life journey that they will be guided and supported by the prayers and example of all the holy women and men who have gone before them. That they will take opportunities to drink deeply from their faith and use this as a solid point from which to launch into the future with hope.
May all the candles lit tonight illumine their way.