Hope all is well. Last week, before lighting what is believed to be the world’s largest Christmas tree in Gubbio Italy, Pope Benedict listed his 3 Christmas wishes for this year. I think they can be a help to each of us as we prepare our hearts and families for Christmas.
God bless and prayers, Fr. Charles Sikorsky, LC
“My first wish, ……..is that our gaze, that of our minds and our hearts, not rest only on the horizon of this world, on its material things, but that in some way, like this tree that tends upward, it be directed toward God. God never forgets us but He also asks that we don’t forget Him.”
The Holy Father’s second and third wish relate to light.
“My second wish is that we recall that we also need a light to illumine the path of our lives and to give us hope, especially in this time in which we feel so greatly the weight of difficulties, of problems, of suffering, and it seems that we are enshrouded in a veil of darkness. But what light can truly illuminate our hearts and give us a firm and sure hope? It is the Child whom we contemplate on Christmas, in a poor and humble manger, because He is the Lord who draws near to each of us and asks that we receive Him anew in our lives, asks us to want Him, to trust in Him, to feel His presence, that He is accompanying us, sustaining us, and helping us.”
The Pontiff presented his third wish with this reflection: “This great tree is formed of many lights. My final wish is that each of us contribute something of that light to the spheres in which we live: our families, our jobs, our neighborhoods, towns, and cities.”