Merry, Merry Christmas!
Christmas, as a holiday holds such a powerful sway in our culture because of the emotional power of nostalgia. We can’t help but recall the powerful memories of childhood. So much of our character and personalities are shaped in the heart of our families. It is no wonder that popes have called the the Holy Family “the school of Nazareth.” To quote Pope Emeritus Benedict, “The house of Nazareth is a school of prayer where we learn to listen, to meditate, to penetrate the deepest meaning of the manifestation of the Son of God, drawing our example from Mary, Joseph and Jesus.”
May the Virgin Mary and St Joseph help us to live the Mystery of Christmas with renewed gratitude to the Lord. In the midst of the frenetic activity of our day, may this Season give us some calm and joy and enable us to feel tangibly the goodness of our God, who became a Child to save us and to give new encouragement and light on our journey. This is my wish for a blessed and merry Christmas. To each and every member of our parish family, to your relatives and to your friends, in particular to the sick and the suffering, as well those who have no one to celebrate this feast with.
Be assured of my prayers for you and my prayers of thanksgiving for the work that the Lord is doing in our lives.