Dear People of God at St. Anne’s,
"Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord.” (Luke 2: 10-11)
As we prepare to come together to celebrate the birth of Savior, I want to take the time to wish all of you a joyous and holy Christmas Season. As I look back on the last year I am acutely aware of the many blessings that I have received even in a year that was touched with struggles from the car accident Dan and I were in, and the death of Dan’s niece. Most especially I thank God for the prayers, support, love and concern of all of you! May God continue to bless you for your goodness!
I truly believe that even when we struggle, God is in charge and I constantly pray that God’s will be done in my life. Even when I don’t understand every detail of what lies ahead. I attempt to echo the example of the Blessed Virgin Mary and her profound trust and consent to the will of God: “May it be done to me according to your word.” (Luke 1:38)
I thank each of you who work so hard in our parish and in the community around us to strengthen our Christian Community. Christianity is never a “spectator sport” in which we simply sit back, watch and cheer. Rather, it involves active participation and a life commitment: prayer, attendance at church, a sacramental life, Christian service, love (even of enemies), forgiveness, Christian charity, etc.
Christ came on earth to reveal an extraordinary message, the message of love, joy and happiness. Christ asks us to have love for one another, to be reconciled to one another, to accept one another. Each of us has been entrusted with a special gift, a sacred responsibility: to show others how the mystery of God is among us.
As we adore the Christ Child in the manger at Christmas, may we be moved by the great love and humility that God showed to us in the birth of His Son!
O come let us adore Him!
I am holding you in heart and prayer this Christmas season, asking God to bless each of you with courage and peace. May I ask a small remembrance in your prayers as well?
Have a blessed and peace-filled Christmas!