Darkness clouds the mind. Either we see nothing and know that we see nothing, or we are even ignorant that there is actually anything to see. We are either awake and conscious in the darkness, or we are asleep and unknowing of the things around us. We are called out of the darkness, to awaken from our sleep and find ourselves alive in the darkness waiting for the dawn. In awaking from our sleep, in choosing to stir, in choosing to wrench ourselves out of the comfort of not knowing and not caring about the reality of our existence, we become like the wise virgins sitting and watching for the bridegroom to come. We hold only little candles ignited by Christ and burning with the grace of the Holy Ghost given to us by Him. While the world sleeps around us, happily indifferent to its miserable and increasingly terrible fate, so we watch and wait for the Bridegroom. Let us awake, and stir, and seek the wisdom of God, knowing that He is there in our darkness to bring us into His marvellous light.