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Christmas 2018

I want to wish each and every one of you joy and peace on this holy day. May the Christ Child fill you with His choicest blessings and may He walk by your side all through the coming year! You can be certain that I will remember you and your dear ones in my Christmas Midnight Mass and in all the other Masses that I will celebrate during this Christmas season.

During this holy time, it is quite a struggle to keep our focus on the One who is the sole reason for our festivities. Let us not forget the Son of God who loved us so much that He took upon Himself our human nature. He became one of us and dwelt among us.

Writing about Jesus, someone penned the following words: “When He came, there was no light. When He left, there was no darkness.”

We are all called to be like Jesus. During the offertory rite, as the priest adds a drop of water into the wine, he prays the following prayer: “By the mystery of this water and wine may we come to share in the divinity of Christ, who humbled Himself to share in our humanity.” Just as Christ became one of us, we must be gradually transformed into Jesus. We can make this transformation happen by taking away the darkness of self-centeredness and by filling ourselves with the light of genuine compassion and love.

The late American author and educator, Henry Van Dyke, wrote an essay on keeping Christmas. You may find his words helpful:

Are you willing to forget what you have done for other people and to remember what other people have done for you; to ignore what the world owes you and to think what you owe the world; to see that your fellow men are just as real as you are; to try to look behind their faces to their hearts, hungry for joy; to close your book of complaints against the management of the universe and look around you for a place where you can sow a few seeds of happiness… Are you willing to do these things, even for a day? 

Then you can keep Christmas. 

Are you willing to stoop down and consider the needs and desires of little children; to remember the weakness and loneliness of people who are growing old; to bear in mind the things that other people have to bear in their hearts; to trim your lamp so that it will give more light and less smoke, and to carry it in front so your shadow will fall behind you; to make a grave for your ugly thoughts and a garden for your kindly feelings… Are you willing to do these things, even for a day?

Then you can keep Christmas.

Are you willing to believe that love is the strongest thing in the world… stronger than hate, stronger than evil, stronger than death?

Then you can keep Christmas.

And if you keep it for a day, why not always?

I wish you a blessed Christmas and a grace-filled New Year! Let us keep alive the spirit of Christmas every day of 2019!

Mission Statement: As children of God, living in a Catholic community of faith, we are united by the Gospel message of Jesus Christ. Aware that all we have is gift and grace from our Heavenly Father, we strive to give of our time, talent and treasure to build His kingdom on earth. We live this mission, challenged by the Word, nurtured by the Sacraments, and enlivened by the Spirit, to serve our brothers and sisters in peace, justice and dignity. All are welcome on this journey.

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