Grace Talk from Your Bishop, Christmas 2016

Posted by on Dec 22, 2016 in Updates

My dear brothers and sisters,

PAX!

I would like to share a few thoughts with you about the relationship between Christmas and the three theological virtues.

Christmas invites us to be men and women of faith. It invites us to turn away from the selfish ambitions and covetousness which corrupt the lives of individuals and communities. It brings us closer to the spiritual freedom that allows us to desire good and justice. It inspires us to be men and women inclined to seek and accept the truth about mankind and the right use of goods. Faith inspires us to be men and women who are converted from the heart to God, who will give us the necessary strength and encouragement to overcome the difficulties we are going through in our nation and in the world and to selflessly contribute towards the common good.

Christmas invites us to be men and women of hope in a world overcome by pessimism. This Christmas hope invites us to conversion, to a better relationship with God made man. It helps us look towards what we can and should change in our own lives. The theological virtue of hope feeds our human desire to become better, to not give in to discouragement because we await eternal life, the happiness of the kingdom that God has prepared for all, which began with the humble birth of Jesus in Bethlehem.

Christmas invites us to be men and women who are aflame with fraternal charity. Men and women who, facing the problems of society, become signs of the love of Christ, capable of loving every human being with the same love with which Joseph and Mary received the great gift of the Messiah and then shared it with the humble shepherds who, in turn, brought milk, blankets and olive branches to the child: milk to feed Him, blankets to shelter Him, and olive branches to be burnt to give Him warmth; that same love for the Redeemer of the World which attracted the Magi from the Orient, who brought gold, incense and myrrh, as they arrived at the gate of Bethlehem to render homage to the King of humanity and to go back and share the gift of the Good News of the birth of the Messiah to their countrymen. Christmas has us listen again to the words of Christ: “For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me… I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.”

Christmas is light that proceeds from the heart of the Father, light which dissipates darkness and fear, light that opens the way of salvation, and light that makes us men and women of faith, love, and charity.

I would like to end this Christmas letter with the lyrics of a Christmas song entitled: “Fear not, I bring good news of joy”, written by Daryl Williams

There were shepherds in the fields
watching by night
when an angel of the Lord
appeared with great light
they were so afraid
of what the moment would bring
but this messenger of God
had Good News to sing
Good News to sing.

Fear not, I bring to you glad tidings of joy
Behold in Bethlehem a sweet baby boy
sent down from heaven
Hallelujah, He’s Lord
Fear not, I bring to you glad tidings of joy

Two thousand years have come and gone
since that dark night
but this troubled world of ours
could still use the light
Christians need to let them know
The Savior has come
Jesus Christ has conquered fear
Let’s tell everyone

Merry Christmas! And may you have a prosperous and blessed New Year.

In Christ Jesus,

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Bp J. Alberto Morales, OSB
Quincy IX

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