In the Child of Bethlehem, God comes to meet us and make us active sharers in the life around us. He offers himself to us, so that we can take him into our arms, lift him and embrace him…. In this Child, God invites us to be messengers of hope. He invites us to become sentinels for all those bowed down by the despair born of encountering so many closed doors. In this child, God makes us agents of his hospitality….

We ask that your crying may shake us from our indifference and open our eyes to those who are suffering. May your tenderness awaken our sensitivity and recognize our call to see you in all those who arrive…in our histories, in our lives.

Pope Francis
 December 24, 2017
The Adoration of the Shepherds (detail, c. 1645),
Philippe de Champaigne  (1602-1674),
Wallace Collection, London, UK.
© Dist. RMN-GP / The Trustees of the Wallace Collection.
May you and your family feel the warmth of Jesus’ embrace this Christmas and throughout the year! 

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