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“Loving Father, Help us remember the birth of Jesus,
that we may share in the song of angels, the gladness of the shepherds,
and the worship of the wise men. Close the door of hate
and open the door of love all over the world.
Let kindness come with every gift and good desires with every greeting.
Deliver us from evil by the blessing which Christ brings,
and teach us to be merry with clean hearts.
May the Christmas morning make us happy to be Thy children,
and the Christmas evening bring us to our beds with grateful thoughts,
forgiving and forgiven, for Jesus’ sake, Amen!”
by Robert Louis Stevenson
Pope Francis Message
Reflecting on the meaning of Christmas, Pope Francis urged the faithful
“not to place ourselves above others, but rather lower ourselves, place ourselves at the service of the poor, make ourselves small and poor with them.”
Quoting Matthew 25: 35-46, the pontiff said
”Whoever has nourished, welcomed, visited, loved one of the least and poorest of men, will have done this to the Son of God. On the contrary, whoever has rejected, forgotten, ignored one of the least and poorest of men, will have done this to God himself.”
“Let us act so that our brothers and sisters never feel alone!
Our presence in solidarity by their side expresses not only through the words of but also through the eloquence of deeds that God is close to everyone,”