Copyright 2005 Radiant Light
THE FATHER’S TENDER TOUCH IN PRAYER
God our Father is very close to us. The littlest prayer of ours is heard and rewarded with infinite love and tenderness, like a father stroking the neck of his precious child. “Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest….for I am gentle and humble in heart” (Mt 11:28-29).
Radiant Light is a small movement within the Roman Catholic Church. It seeks to encourage people to grow in holiness by believing and living the Catholic faith in its fullness. It was founded by Elizabeth Wang and its mission is believed to be inspired by the teachings, images, and spirituality Jesus gave her, in the form of private revelations, during prayer.
The name ‘Radiant Light’ comes from the Hebrews verse, Christ is 'the radiant light of God's glory' (Heb 1:3). The movement emphasizes three things: (1) reconciliation with God through the sacraments; (2) faithfulness to the teaching and guidance of the Church; (3) love for Christ’s presence in the Holy Eucharist.
Elizabeth Wang, 63, was received into the Catholic Church in 1968. She is an artist, housewife and mother who now spends time writing and speaking about prayer and the Catholic Faith. Elizabeth has painted hundreds of religious images, in watercolours and oils. These visual ‘Teaching’ aids have brought a deep knowledge of different aspects of the Catholic Faith, and are believed to be a gift from God to be shared with the Church. They speak about the nature of God the Holy Trinity; about Christ and His Church; about grace, conversion, prayer, worship, and the sacraments; about Mary, the saints and the angels – and many other subjects. They are not ‘new truths’, but new expressions of old truths, and they are one with the sure teaching of the Catholic Church as held and preached in every age, including our own.
‘Radiant Light’ is the name, which is believed to have been given given by Jesus Christ during prayer, to all of the work inspired by these Teachings. When Elizabeth began regularly to produce religious artwork she gave up all her commercial artwork, to dedicate herself to follow her new path.
In 1996 Elizabeth felt called to found a movement called ‘Radiant Light’. This took place more formally in 1999 when the non-profit-making publishing company ‘Radiant Light’ was formed, and held its first conference. Elizabeth’s family organise the day-to-day running of Radiant Light. Though there is no formal membership, the movement involves all those people who have been touched by Elizabeth’s work, and who want to encourage each other in the Catholic faith.
Radiant Light aims to remind people of Christ’s infinite love for them, to encourage everyone in the practice of the Catholic Faith, to renew their faith in His Church, in the sacraments, especially in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. It encourages people to give their whole hearts to Him in His service, and in love for their neighbours. It aims to strengthen people in their different vocations to follow the call to holiness. It encourages people to be led by Christ to the Father, in the love of the Holy Spirit, to live as God’s children – brothers and sisters of Mary and all the Saints of Heaven. It does all this by sharing the work of Elizabeth Wang, and in other ways. In a visual age of TV and the internet, her paintings provide a kind of visual catechism, a way of teaching about the Catholic Faith in a language which is very accessible to people.
Radiant Light work has included: putting on art exhibitions with afternoons of catechesis and prayer; evangelisation through an online art gallery and other web resources; organising conferences; publishing the writings and artwork of Elizabeth Wang, e.g. publishing posters and postcards which have been used in parishes, schools, hospitals and prisons; providing art resources to support other projects and movements (her artwork has been used in renewal programmes of the Diocese of Westminster and the Diocese of Leeds, and by groups such as CASE, Archdiocese of Birmingham Vocations Office, Trócaire and Catholic Earthcare Australia).
Elizabeth has been involved in the life of her home parish of Our Lady of Lourdes, Harpenden, particularly as a catechist. Her children are grown-up, and one of her sons is a Catholic priest. She has exhibited at the Royal Academy, and the Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolours. She has had solo exhibitions of religious work at Westminster Cathedral, the Bar Convent Museum (York), St Pauls Bookshop, and at the French Church, Leicester Square, London. Elizabeth has produced her works in obedience to Christ, and she believes and hopes that everything she has produced is entirely consistent with the faith and teaching of the Catholic Church.
If you would like to find out more about Radiant Light visit the website at:www.radiantlight.org.uk, or email: [email protected]