Sunday, 30 December 2012

CHRISTMAS MESSAGE 2012 - Cardinal Daniel DiNardo


His Eminence The Lord Cardinal

Daniel DiNardo
Archbishop of Galveston-Houston
Cardinal Priest of ‘S. Eusebio

His Eminence The Lord Cardinal Daniel DiNardo


Dear Sisters and Brothers,

"How silently, how silently the wondrous gift is given! So God imparts to human hearts the blessings of His heaven. No ear may hear His coming, but in this world of sin, where meek souls will receive Him, still the dear Christ enters in."

(Verse 3, "O Little Town of Bethlehem")

This is the Year of Faith. The Holy Father has asked us to deepen our Faith!

Faith is a transforming force in our life. In the dialogue of God with humanity, a dialogue existing from the beginning, the Lord takes the initiative and keeps inviting each person to know Him, to seek and find His face. God could have remained solitary but did not. The texts of the Sacred Scriptures are a constant letter of God to us; the Father of all wants to communicate with His sometimes scattered sons and daughters. The response given to God's call for friendship is Faith, a gift that changes the human heart. It is not just some part of our existence and everyday life, but the soul of that life.

God revealed Himself in word and works as shown in the Old Testament. But in the fullness of time the Father crossed a threshold and sent His Beloved Son. In this way, in meeting Christ, in listening to Jesus, we would hasten to the embrace of the Father.

 Christmas celebrates the Birth of Christ, the Father's gift, conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. We are asked to begin anew the deepening of our Faith by "visiting" the manger, a place so unlikely for a Saviour and Lord, so different from Caesar's fortresses and Quirinius' palace, so different from worldly powers, a point made beautifully by St. Luke in his Gospel. Worldly powers and fascinations are still around. The Lord of all still beckons us to Faith through His Son lying in the manger, destined to complete the comunication of God with all through His life, death and resurrection.

May God bless all our clergy, religious and faithful of the Archdiocese during this magnificent season of Christmas and Epiphany. May you and all your families be embraced by the all consuming love of the Word Made Flesh, Jesus, our Lord and Brother.

Merry Christmas. A Blessed Year of Faith!

+ Daniel Cardinal DiNardo
Archbishop of Galveston-Houston

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