Posted by: fvbcdm | December 23, 2014

Catholic Daily Message for the Feast of Saint John of Cantius (23 Dec 2014)

Catholic Daily Message for the Feast of Saint John of Cantius (23 Dec 2014)

We are about to celebrate Our Divine Lord’s birth. It is an event which makes us to be what we are. What does that mean? It means that we are Christians, followers of Christ, members of the Church which Our Blessed Lord founded. We gladly acknowledge Jesus as our Savior, our Redeemer, our Lord. We joyously welcome him into our world, our homes, our hearts. Our belief in him and our devotion to him causes us happiness as we again come to the annual celebration of his birth. This love relationship between Jesus and each of us cannot be destroyed by the evils of this world: political and military evils like wars and bombings and terrorism; social evils like hunger and unemployment and poverty; natural evils like hurricanes and tsunamis, and the sorrow caused by the sicknesses and deaths of those we love. These are all part of this world, this life. But they shall pass, and if we remain in union with Christ our Redeemer to the moment of our death, then all of those evils shall end as far as we are concerned and we will begin to live the life for which we have been created, the life that Jesus speaks of in the gospel when he says: I am the way and the truth and the life. Our faith in Our Divine Lord and our life guided by his commandments produce peace in our minds and hearts and, if we are sufficiently mature, contentment and a quiet sense that all is well with us. The temporal evils of which I spoke above cannot destroy the eternal happiness which comes from our love of God and his love of us. And so, I offer you my sincere prayers and good wishes for a merry, a blessed, a joyous Christmas—a Christmas in which we know what Christmas is essentially about, and allow that tremendous reality, the coming of God into our human family, to permeate our lives with the goodness of God, the joy of being Christians. Thank you for seeking God’s truth. God bless you. Father Victor Brown, O.P.

Note: This message was composed some years ago.

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