When I saw this at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis of Assisi in Santa Fe its simplicity reminded of early Christians, for some reason. I’ll take simplicity over the baroque any day. It says more.
Candles play a big role in Catholicism, usually clustered before a statue of a Saint, or Jesus, or the Blessed Mother, and lit for prayer intentions. The candle represents the prayer, but of course, a prayer is usually said, as well. “I’ll light a candle for you” is something Catholics say to each other, especially if one is in need of prayer.
It’s hard for me to pass by a row of votives in a Catholic church without wanting to light one. I’ve lit candles all over the world, in churches in Italy, Ireland and pretty much every Catholic Church I’ve ever visited.
Blessings, healing and light.
If you think it was for you or your loved one, well, you’re right.