A Christmas Reflection from the State Spiritual Advisor

Pope Francis in his “mission statement” Evangelii Gaudium expresses: “I want a Church which is poor and for the poor. They have much to teach us. Not only do they share in the sensus fidei [sense of faith], but in their difficulties they know the suffering Christ. We need to let ourselves be evangelized by them…We are called to find Christ in them, to lend our voice to their causes, but also to be their friends, to listen to them, to speak for them and to embrace the mysterious wisdom which God wishes to share with us through them.”

These words of Pope Francis speak volumes in how we approach this holy time of Christmas. Over the weeks of Advent, parishes, workplaces and even shopping centres contribute generous donations of food and toys in the Society Christmas Hamper Appeals. The picture below is part of the Christmas Hamper Appeal in my local parish of St Nicholas of Myra in Penrith a few years ago. This picture was taken in about the third week of Advent. I remember at St Vincent’s Hospital in Darlinghurst assisting volunteers in the collection of a thousand Christmas toys for young children and teenagers.

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Christmas is a time when words and action motivate compassion and love. The heart of the Vincentian spirit is motivated by the one and same true act of love that is grounded in faith, living in hope and growing in love.

Over the coming weeks of Advent may we take a moment to ponder the significance of this time not only as a Santa event but as a Christ-mas event and may we carry Christmas blessings to all we meet.

May there be harmony in your relationships and may your kind words and acts be rewarded.
May you receive love generously as you have given it freely.
May each person who comes into your life be greeted with openness and acceptance.
May every guest who enters your presence give you the respect and honour you deserve.
May the hope of Christmas season settle within you and enliven your spirit.
May your family and friends be especially blessed this Christmas season.
May you realise daily the gift of your person and reflect the hidden treasures in your lives.
May the coming year be one of good health for you filled with energy and vitality.
May you keep your eye on the star within you and may the Luminescent Presence guide and direct you always.
Amen.
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