Behold a profound Word of Life for the month of December!
‘Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise’ (Lk 3:11).
It is true that we must help our brothers and sisters with material things such as a coat, but today, more than ever, there is needed the word:
“Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God” (Mt 4:4)!
I offer to you this month what I sent to several priests in my diocese. The article is a little long. But precisely because there is less prayer today than ever before in the history of the world and of the Church, and that there is more sin than ever, even worse, almost total indifference, Satan has more power than ever to be able to disguise “himself as an angel of light” (2Cor 11:14). Thus one of my principle motives to write is to try to help each other to open our eyes in order to not fall into the beautiful lies and underhanded deceptions of Satan who leads us to our destruction. The vast majority of people today have embraced the easier philosophy of life: “Ignorance is bliss”! But if one does not embrace the “dour combat with the powers of evil” (CCC 409) there will be no “bliss” tomorrow and after death for all eternity.
I do not think it was by chance that when Pope John Paul II was asked toward the end of his life to offer one verse from the entire Bible for the people of God, he responded without hesitation: “THE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE” (Jn 8:32)! Father, “Sanctify them in the truth” (Jn 17:17)!
I have posted this email to these priests on the Web in English (and Italian), which you can find at:
Best wishes for a Holy Christmas with Baby Jesus, Mary and Saint Joseph! Give great joy to Baby Jesus for His Birthday (not ours!) by spending time with your family before Him in the Tabernacle with the Holy Rosary! Buon Natale!
Father Joseph Dwight
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An Experience of Life:
I was walking home from school when I saw a girl crying desperately on the street. "What might have happen to her?" , I thought. Without hesitation I approached her . I asked her how she was, if I could somehow help her ... She looked up and between sobs began to tell me her story. When she was a child she had lost her mother. This pain was still so strong that she thought that her life no longer had any meaning. And so I let go of my plans in order to think only of her, to love her and be near her . The conversation went on and I told her about myself. I, too , at the age of three years, I had lost my mother.
Over time I realized that my life could not stop on this pain, because I had discovered to have a Father, God, who loves me immensely. This love filled all the voids in my life. I told her how I tried to respond to God's love by loving others in turn. My new friend was so happy that while she waved to me, thanking me, she seemed like another person.
For me, this unexpected meeting was very important. I saw that the experience with Jesus, our best friend, not only made me happy, but it gave me the ability to bring this happiness to others.
Beatriz Estrela, Angola (Africa)