At Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Indianapolis Dec. 4, Natalee Darzentas, a student at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School in Indianapolis, holds a candle ignited with the Peace Light, a flame kindled from the place in Bethlehem, West Bank, where Christ was born. The flame was passed to hundreds of people in more than 30 states by a national network of volunteers. (CNS photo/Katie Rutter)
LAFAYETTE, Ind. (CNS) — Brian Duane’s maroon Subaru had already covered about 1,800 miles when he pulled into the parking lot at the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception in Lafayette Dec. 4.
At Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Indianapolis, Karmin Shaw, a student at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School, watches as Brian Duane adjusts her lantern Dec. 4 after it had been ignited with the Peace Light, a flame kindled from the place in Bethlehem, West Bank, where Christ was born. Duane is part of a network of volunteers distributing the fire across the country and drove the light from New York City as far west as Denver. (CNS photo/Katie Rutter)
It was Duane’s 18th stop in what would be a weeklong, cross-country journey for the resident of Pembroke, Massachusetts, and his car contained precious cargo with a radiance of goodwill.
This road trip was a mission from Bethlehem carrying a message of peace, contained in a glowing lantern.
This fire had originally been kindled at Christ’s birthplace, the Grotto of the Nativity in Bethlehem, West Bank. Duane is part of a national network of volunteers spreading this “Peace Light from Bethlehem” across the nation.
“It is symbolic of Christ’s love for us and of the Prince of Peace,” Duane told Catholic News Service. “It serves as a reminder to us.”