Christmas 2014 Letter
Merry Christmas, Everyone!
May the Lord Bless you and your families:
I am writing to you, that we may praise God in all He accomplishes through our little family and our open hearts. The Lord is very good and He has a perfect plan and purpose for each of us. In our little community of faith, He is always present and so generous to us, especially when He finds open hearts willing to surrender to His good will.
I want to thank you all for your generosity and love. In this Christmas season when our Lord is present to us once more clothed in flesh and wrapped in poverty, I must remember all of you more often in my prayers. I present our little family before our Patron Saints - Anthony and Faustina to help us along the way of communion with God and with each other. Let us also call on Mary, our Blessed Mother, who in saying “Yes” set in motion the Father's plan of salvation. He sent His Son, who we may approach at all times in the little manger in Bethlehem.
Willing to become poor for us, Jesus Christ is Emanuel, “God with us”. We can be confident that Christ knows our humanity because He surrendered and emptied Himself and became like us – except in sin - for our salvation and for the love of all creation. Moreover, He invites us into the fullness of life in the spirit and opened the gates to Paradise to us.
Lastly, I want to exhort you to pray. When we look at the situations throughout the world, or just in our country, city, neighborhood and families, we see many places devoid of God. In order to do our little part, we must pray, pray and pray. Prayer molds us into the likeness of Christ and opens us to His wisdom and grace. Our communion with Him makes us seeds of Faith for the world.
Nothing moves without prayer. If we do not pray, our hearts stay closed to His loving plan and most of all, if we do not take time to pray, we cease to hear His voice and recognize our sisters and brothers. A deep prayer life brings us to the awareness of the Spirit moving before all our encounters and projects. Our little efforts go nowhere without the Lord being present.
This Christmas, let us not be anxious or scattered. Bring all our treasures before the Manger, not holding anything back. There is no better time than now to be open to the guidance and direction of the Spirit of God - the Spirit of the One who became flesh.
I wish you a peaceful Christmas.
May the Lord bless you and give you His peace.