If I’m ever known for anything, let it be I ran into the night running with a firelight.
“Captures” may be too strong, but Matt Maher’s “Firelight” at least enters into the mystery of the (soon-to-be-official) saint’s enduring darkness that was revealed after her death. For over fifty years the little Albanian nun known for her work with the poor in Calcutta was wandering in a spiritual desert. On the outside she radiated joy, but on the inside she felt lonely and abandoned.
She once said, “If I ever do become a saint, I will surely be one of darkness. For I will not be content to roam the streets of heaven while there’s one soul who still longs for God.”
“Her quote captures that hunger of a person, who in the midst of struggle, still loves the marginalized and still loves the oppressed,” says Maher. “‘Firelight’ is a song about disillusionment and that very frail prayer of asking God to burn and shine in the midst of that and to continue to light the way through darkness.”