Christmas Wishes 2008

Christmas Wishes 2008 Dear Sisters,
It is a great joy for me to be able to reach you and to have you hear my message for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year for 2009 also in the name of Mother Antonia and the Sisters of the Council.
I am doing this today, the day of the vigil on a day that is doubly dear to us also because of the monthly commemoration of Mary Help of Christians.

I like to think of her being a help in this time of expectation is one of accompanying us in welcoming Jesus, to make of ourselves a womb for Him, a house where His love may fully manifest itself.

The recent Synod on the Word invites us to recognize the face of the Word in Jesus. In Him we do not only listen to the voice of the Word, but we contemplate it in the mystery of His having become flesh, of His becoming one of us.

In the simplicity and poverty of His birth, Jesus reveals Himself as a surprising Sign of the love of the Father who has a preference for the little ones, the poor, all those who await the joy of salvation from Him. In the darkness of a grotto there was manifested to the world the light that illumines our life; there was revealed the way that leads to the fullness of our humanity and the realization of our most profound aspirations toward a world that is more just and fraternal, a world of hope and of peace.

In his message for the World Day of Peace 2009 our Holy Father brings out the close binomial between these actions: combat poverty, build peace. I invite you to study, even as an educating community, the rich content of the Message, so as to translate it into concrete journeys in the existence of daily life. This will be a way to appreciate the direction assumed with regard to poverty during GC XXII, a sign of the importance of this theme for us today.

In the humble manger of Bethlehem we contemplate an Infant wrapped in swaddling clothes, in need of care and of love. That Child is the Good Samaritan come to bind up our wounds, to strengthen us in our weakness and fragility, to give us the premise for true peace. He opens for us the doors to that Great Hope that goes beyond any human expectation and goes beyond our disillusion. This Hope is the certainty of being loved by God, constantly sustained in His fatherly embrace.

Accompanied by Mary, we too are called to become a sign of the all-foreseeing love of God.
There are many people in this world-especially young people-who are waiting to see, to touch, and to experience the Word of truth and of love that heals and cures. This Word today comes through our testimony of life, the gestures that we offer, the choices that we make, the journeys that we travel.
My wish is that by their existence our FMA communities, our educating communities may echo the invitation: “Come to adore the Lord.” My best wishes are extended to your families, to our dear brother Salesians and to the other groups of the Salesian Family; the educating communities and, in them, the young people.
We are in the midst them as those who proclaim the great joy of Christmas!

Suor Yvonne Reungoat

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