Spiritual Director's Message
My dear sisters and brothers in Our Lord Jesus Christ,
The Holy Father instituted the First World Day of the Poor on the Sunday prior to the Solemnity of Christ, the Universal King. It was a good opportunity, and many parishes, Cells and Associations organised initiatives for the poor – the orphans, the destitute, the housemaids, the widows, etc. Lest this fervour decreases, the Christmas Season invites us to spare a thought for the needy, the poor and those who cry out for our help.
The Holy Father has also released his message for the World Day of Peace to be celebrated on January 1, 2018. The theme is: ‘Migrants and Refugees: Men and Women in search of Peace’.
In his message, the Holy Father asks the question: why so many migrants and refugees? He answers this question by considering the many conflicts forcing people to leave their homeland, but he notes also the desire for a better life.
The Holy Father suggests “four mileposts for action” that are needed for migrants and refugees to find peace – namely, welcoming, protecting, promoting and integrating.
This Christmas will certainly be meaningful if we keep these four mileposts in mind, thereby helping us to encounter the Babe Jesus – Emmanuel – in the poor, the migrants and the refugees.
Yours in Christ
Fr. Jervis D’Souza