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Watch this videoto hear the beautiful story of how The Christophers’ motto,
“It’s better to light one candle than to curse the darkness,” inspired Passionist Father Cedric Pisegna 
to find the path God was calling him to walk in life.

   Father Cedric Pisegna, C.P., was born and brought up Catholic. Like many teens, he found church boring and fell away from the faith. At age 19, he felt called to rediscover God, but was faced with a dilemma: which church should he join?

   He looked again at Catholicism, as well as many other denominations. While still undecided, he heard the Christopher motto, “It’s better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.”

   God spoke to him through those words, and he realized he was being negative about how the Catholic Church was not engaging him. Instead of complaining, he decided to get involved and make a difference.

   Father Cedric professed vows with the Passionists, a community dedicated to evangelization. He was ordained a priest in 1991. Now he preaches parish missions, has written 25 books, and airs his TV and Radio program Live with Passion! on the three major Christian networks: EWTN, TBN, and Daystar.

   He says, “The motto of The Christophers gave direction to my life. I hope my life inspires others to be a light in dark places

   The Christophers are a not-for-profit Catholic organization with an ecumenical approach that strives to meet all people wherever they are on their journey to God. Our message is designed to reach people of all faiths - and those of no

faith - by demonstrating how Christ’s teachings can lift anyone up, regardless of their circumstances in life. In this way, we answer the call of the Gospels to be Christophers, or “Christ-bearers,” and proclaim the Good News to all.

   An Ambassador of Goodwill for The Christophers is someone who embodies our welcoming attitude and carries forth our message that is grounded in the motto, “It’s better to light one candle than to curse the darkness.” Though the concept sounds simple at first, putting it into practice requires wisdom that springs from the Holy Spirit. It is about finding positive solutions to life’s most complex problems and articulating those solutions in effective ways to help others on their path to God. It’s a role that requires communication skills and a heart of love, while also being rooted in the spirit of peace and mercy that is the way of Christ.

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