Dear Friends,

 Blessings be with each one of you in this holy time

throughout the world and across diverse cultures as

LIGHTS OF HOPE, FAITH AND LOVE ARE SHINING

 

Recently, among all the beautiful Christmas messages and sentiments which have been shared with us here at Becoming Neighbours, one which attracted our attention described

 

Christmas Affirmations Of Belief……..

“I believe that Christmas is more than a time for parties and ornaments; it is a time for remembering Christ and the incarnation of God’s love in human flesh.

 

I believe there are gifts more important than the ones under the Christmas tree, the things we teach our children, the way we share ourselves with friends, and the industry with which we set about reshaping the world in our time.

 

I believe that the finest carols are often sung by the poorest voices; from hearts made warm by the wonder of the season.

I believe in the angel’s message that we should not be afraid—that the Child of Bethlehem is able to overcome all anxieties and insecurities.

 

I believe in prayer and quietness as a way of appropriating Christmas—that if I wait in silence I will experience the presence of the one born in a stable, for he lives today as he lived then.

 

I believe the earth with its degraded habitats and vanishing resources is a limited and fragile living space. Jesus, born a refugee in a stable, continues to abide with us in the stable we all share.

 

I believe in going away from Christmas as the Magi went: “another way”. I want to be different when these days are past—more centered, more compassionate, more caring.

 

AND I BELIEVE GOD WILL HELP ME.”

 

As we ponder these affirmations of Christmas, each one of us has the opportunity and perhaps the challenge to express our own beliefs. We certainly are living through trying times and, as we do so together, we need to share the strength of our deepest beliefs and affirmations. This year when we gathered for our Advent Celebration of Hope,

 

So many expressed strong belief in the need to work for peace.

So many affirmed

a commitment to contribute

to a more just world.

 

Indeed as we blessed one another, we felt a deep belief that

“God will help us” with all that we must be and do.

This is the truest meaning of our Christmas celebration and this is why

we here at Becoming Neighbours celebrate with you the season of

Emmanuel ~ God with us.

 

With love and gratitude for your prayer, presence and solidarity on the journey,

(Sr.) Annette, (Sr.) Noreen, (Fr.) Peter

 

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