Merry Christmas! I realize many of you are reading this on the 4th Sunday of Advent, but this bulletin also serves for Christmas Day, as well, so I want to extend special greetings and prayers to all of our parishioners and to all who are visiting us this Christmas. I hope that, amid the bustle of this busy season, you can find some quiet time to rest in the peace of our newborn King. Below is part of Pope Francis’ Christmas message from last year, which I think applies just as much today. May the Pope’s words give us all something to think and pray about during this joyful season.
Dear Brothers and Sisters, Happy Christmas!
To you … I renew the joyous proclamation of Bethlehem: “Glory to God in the highest, and on Earth peace among those whom he favors” (Luke 2:14). Like the shepherds who first went with haste to the stable, let us halt in wonder before the sign that God has given us: “A baby wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger” (Luke 2:12). In silence, let us fall to our knees and worship.
What does that Child, born for us of the Virgin Mary, have to tell us? What is the universal message of Christmas? It is that God is a good Father and we are all brothers and sisters.
This truth is the basis of the Christian vision of humanity. Without the fraternity that Jesus Christ has bestowed on us, our efforts for a more just world fall short, and even our best plans and projects risk being soulless and empty.
For this reason, my wish for a happy Christmas is a wish for fraternity. Fraternity among individuals of every nation […]