My Pilot Light

If you’ve ever cooked with a gas stove you’ve noticed the pilot light. It’s the tiny flame that ignites all of the burners with a single spark. It’s very small, but very mighty.

I always think of a pilot light when we get to the end of the Mass. When the priest gives the final blessing, I think of that moment as relighting my personal pilot light, helping to keep my faith burning throughout the week.

How do you light your pilot light?

Just like the gas stove, it doesn’t take much. Here are three simple solutions.


Take three minutes each day to read something inspirational. This is your mental workout, something to start to get you in shape. Look for writings that bring you closer to God. Try to increase the time each day.


Go for a walk. Ask yourself these questions:

  • Who am I?
  • What do I stand for?
  • What do I believe?
  • How do I live these beliefs every day?


Do one purposeful thing every day. Something that you know has an impact on another person. Something that allows that person to see God through your eyes and your heart. It doesn’t have to be complex. Keep it simple. Smile. Hold a door. Ask questions. Be a friend. Show compassion.

If you get frustrated and your pilot light goes out, simply light it again. All it takes is one tiny spark.

“If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”   -Matthew 17:20


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