If you aren't familiar with Latin, it means (loosely) "perpetual light". It's an old liturgical term, most often associated with remembering someone after they have died and asking that their light shine on for eternity. But today, I had a different thought about the phrase. It came while we were discussion the John Eldridge Book, Waking the Dead and discussing how C.S. Lewis noted we all bear the image of God in our souls ... and we are eternal beings right here, right now.
So you mean that homeless man I pass on the corner has "perpetual light" burning within him? Well, to be frank - yes, that's what I mean. We all bear that original mark, the design imprint of God's original plan and that means we all have this light in our soul. Some may have buried it deep in the recesses of themselves - but it is still there. It's still calling out to a lost person, saying that God is seeking, knocking, whatever image you want to use. It says none of us is beyond redemption.
Jesus told us he came to give life - an abundant kind of life we had never experienced and could never find on our own. Jesus planted this light within us to point us to himself as Light of the World. He says we are worth redemption because of who he is, not because of anything we've done. He says he will fan that light into a flame that will burn brightly for him if only we will ask.
You see, that tiny speck of Lux Perpetual is the prevenient grace of God that constantly calls out to a soul so desperately in need of rescue. It's the remnant of a God who created us for his own glory and pleasure - it's the eternal soul that will live on somewhere. The question is, what are you going to do about it both in yourself and the next time you see it in the person next to you?