Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Christ is Born! Today we rejoice after a period of penance and waiting. We are exuberant because Christ is in our midst and because His birth signifies God's great love for us. While celebrating, we cannot forget the plight of those who have had a difficult year. We remember those who have died, those who have lost a loved one, those who have suffered economically, and those who find it difficult to rejoice for many reasons. May this holy season draw us nearer to the newborn Christ and help us to care for those who need us as a visible presence of God's love. Finally, may we continue to seek Him always, especially in the Most Holy Eucharist, as so beautifully described by Sir John Betjeman in his poem "Christmas:"
"...No love that in a family dwells,
No carolling in frosty air,
Nor all the steeple-shaking bells
Can with this single Truth compare -
That God was man in Palestine
And lives today in Bread and Wine."
God bless you now and always.
Sincerely in Christ,