Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
Christ is Born!
While the Nativity Season rings its customary joy we also do well to remember those who will not be celebrating. Remember in your prayers the families and friends of the soldiers and civilians who have died or been maimed in Iraq and Afghanistan and those who face the same every day. Remember the agony of the refugees and people in Palestine, Darfur and the Ivory Coast. Remember with more than your prayers the poor, the hungry, the naked, the imprisoned, the homeless, the oppressed and disenfranchised. It is with them that Christ identified most and those whose misery we are called to alleviate or take as our own.
While you open your gifts and enjoy your feasts remember that there are millions who will have neither on Christmas or any other day. The message of Christmas is that God saw this suffering and did not remain aloof. We must follow His example.