Friends of Blessed Sacrament
On behalf of our parish school, I would like to wish each of you a very happy and holy Christmas season!
Each one of us has one or two Christmas carols which speak to our hearts in a special way. By far, O Holy Night is my favorite Christmas carol. This year, in particular, the song seems to speak to my heart and mind in a unique way. A catch phrase in the first verse reads, “A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices.” One cannot pick up a newspaper or glance at a news website without reading about the hardships of our global society. In every corner of our world, we find poverty, war, disease, famine, and children suffering at the hands of their governments. Just like the first Christmas, it appears that our world is once again in a “weary state.”
At Christmas, however, we remember and rejoice at Christ’s coming to a weary world. Our faith teaches us that we must have trust in Divine Providence. We must not succumb to the weariness of our society’s misfortunes. We must be a “thrill of hope” to the poor, to those living in war, those affected by disease and famine, and to all children who are our most precious resource. While we anticipate this Second Coming, how can we be a thrill of hope to our neighbors? This Christmas, I pray that each member of our parish and school community has the strength to face the challenges in our daily lives with a heart of love and peace.
Please know that I am most grateful for your presence within our community. I wish you a very Holy Christmas and Happy New Year. May the Blessed Mother under the title of Our Lady of Guadalupe watch over you and your loved ones this sacred season. In closing, I leave you with an Irish Christmas Blessing…
Lady Love, whose maternal affection for us is revealed in Mary the Mother of Jesus, bring us with the shepherds to Bethlehem so that we can see in the image of the Madonna and Child the passionate gentleness of your affection for us and in that image gain strength and hope for all our lives. We ask this in the name of the Babe born at Bethlehem and his mother. Amen.