The Pope reminds us that Christmas is more than just the Hallmark Holiday Card. This season speaks of God who takes on our skin to save us. God wants to deliver us from the wars, indifference, and secular globalization in which we wrap ourselves into. God knows the joy that we were created for and every creature longs to know its creator. May the joy and love of the Christ Child abolish the hatred unraveled between societies and nations. Here’s one of the most striking passages of Pope Francis’ Christmas message:
The Child Jesus. My thoughts turn to all those children today who are killed and ill-treated, be they infants killed in the womb, deprived of that generous love of their parents and then buried in the egoism of a culture that does not love life; be they children displaced due to war and persecution, abused and taken advantage of before our very eyes and our complicit silence. I think also of those infants massacred in bomb attacks, also those where the Son of God was born. Even today, their impotent silence cries out under the sword of so many Herods. On their blood stands the shadow of contemporary Herods. Truly there are so many tears this Christmas, together with the tears of the Infant Jesus.
At Christmas and Easter, the Vicar of Christ sends a message and blessing to the world, known as the Urbi et Orbi. To read the full text of the Holy Father’s Urbi et Orbi for Christmas 2014 click here.
Merry Holy Christmas to you all! Enjoy the Holy Father’s Christmas Card!