Peace and Good this Christmas!
I extend heartfelt blessings to all of our friends and supporters this Christmas season! As always, I encourage everyone to keep both Christ, and the Mass in your Christmas this year. This is most important as we face the ever encroaching Secular Humanism that is so prevalent in our culture today.
But I also hope that you include a wholesome day with your family, the traditional exchange of gifts, a hearty meal, Christmas carols, and perhaps even some healthy use of the media. In short have a good time with family, church, and friends!
Most importantly, let's make our celebration of Christmas holy, or "set apart." Please don't allow yourself to be sucked in to the extreme consumerism and fast-paced chaos that so often typifies the modern experience of Christmas. Allow God to lift you up, and set you apart from such transitory and passing worldly pleasures and distractions. Stay focused on Jesus!
God comes to earth as a human being in the Christ-child, laid among the poor in a manger. Holy silence proclaims this Mystery, humility proclaims the glory, and the a poor Child of a Holy Family laid obscurely in an insignificant province of a great empire becomes the King of Kings to save the entire world! Every human heart is warmed at the profound Truth of this Paradox of paradoxes, which we all hunger for deep inside. Christmas is the time to be still, and let those deepest human longings rise above the noise of a merely secular holiday, and find fulfillment in the Holy Day of the Nativity of Christ.
Of course, we pray for those who are being persecuted for their Christian faith around the world this year, especially those suffering under the extremist expressions of the Muslim faith through terrorist organizations such as ISIS. Christianity is the most persecuted faith on the face of the earth, and we need to pray for relief and strength for brothers and sisters giving their lives and far-off places during this otherwise beautiful, and holy season of Christmas.
John Michael Talbot
Founder, Spiritual Father, and General Minister
The Brothers and Sisters of Charity at Little Portion Hermitage