Written on: January 3, 2023
As we prepare to celebrate Christmas once again, we are reminded of our responsibility to be people of hope. Though confusion, hardship, conflict and captivity faced the small Jewish community into which Jesus was born, the promise of a Messiah was still held dear and the firm confidence that God would come and relieve their suffering still prevailed.
This year, we are aware of many countries that struggle with war or devastating poverty, many people who are held captive by greed or the prejudice of others, refugees from around the globe who seek for a place to belong and to rest and those who wander, searching for God in their darkness.
We are blessed to be people who have seen that God is in our midst, who know with certainty that God loves us and will not ever abandon us.
As we approach Christmas, let us make an even greater effort to manifest that hope, the certain confidence that God-is-with-us, whatever the circumstances. Let us show that hope in our words, our smiles, our faces, our actions! Let us say in the way we live:
“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because God has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor.” Isaiah 61:1
May the hope that is renewed by the Christmas message fill our hearts to overflowing measure this Christmas season!
Merry Christmas to all!
With Love, gratitude and affection,
Sister Denise Roche, Sister Eileen White, Sister Barbara Schiavoni, Sister Anne Marie Beirne, and Sister Bridget Connor
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