There is a popular Philippine Christmas song I truly love; it has the title: Christmas in Our Hearts. Indeed, that is where Christmas happens! God’s heart overflowed with love, so he sent his very best gift: his own Son. We all pray for each other during this Christmas season, so that Christ will be born anew in each of our hearts and that there will truly be “Peace on earth”!
Recently, I found this description of Christmas by Pope Francis. It expresses so well the true meaning of Christmas. I use the profound words of our pope to express my warmest greetings to each of you during this holy season of the birth of our Savior. –
James H. Kroeger, M.M.
CHRISTMAS IS YOU – Pope Francis
Christmas is usually a noisy party:
we could use a bit of silence, to hear the voice of Love.
Christmas is you, when you decide to be born again each day
and let God into your soul.
The Christmas pine is you, when you resist vigorous winds
and difficulties of life.
The Christmas decorations are you,
when your virtues are colors that adorn your life.
The Christmas bell is you, when you call, gather and seek to unite.
You are also a Christmas light, when you illuminate with your life,
the path of others with kindness, patience, joy and generosity.
The Christmas angels are you, when you sing to the world
a message of peace, justice and love.
The Christmas star is you, when you lead someone to meet the Lord.
You are also the wise men, when you give the best you have no matter who.
Christmas music is you when you conquer the harmony within you.
The Christmas gift is you, when you are truly friend
and brother of every human being.
The Christmas card is you, when kindness is written in your hands.
The Christmas greeting is you, when you forgive
and re-establish peace, even when you suffer.
The Christmas dinner is you, when you serve bread
and hope to the poor man who is by your side.
You are Christmas night, when humble and conscious,
you receive in the silence of the night the Savior of the world
without noise or great celebrations.
A very Merry Christmas for all those who look like Christmas.