Thought for the Day – 25 December – The Solemnity of the Nativity of Our Lord, Jesus Christ
CHRISTMAS IS YOU!
By 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 colours 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, yes, Christmas night,
when humble and conscious,
you receive in the silence of the night the Saviour of the world
without noise or great celebrations.
You are a smile of trust and tenderness,
in the inner peace of a perennial Christmas
that establishes the Kingdom within you.
A very Merry Christmas for all those who look like Christmas.
Written by Papa Francisco
25 December 2014
And from Anastpaul – Breathing Catholic
My wishes for a most Holy and Blessed Christmas
May the little Babe of Bethlehem
fill your hearts with His joy, peace and love!