Children are drawn to anything shiny and bright, and no more so than at Christmas. If it sparkles or twinkles, it captures their eye. That’s true of us adults too—but as we get older, we learn to look deeper. At Christmas, we’re all drawn to the light, the star in the sky that’s so bright it stands out from all other stars. But as we’re drawn in, our focus shifts to a humble setting: a peasant mother and father, the newborn infant they are nurturing, the shepherds who came down from the hills, and the sheep who followed them. A modest dwelling that’s not really a dwelling at all, people in everyday clothing without any adornment, the animals nearby, settling in for the night.

This Christmas let’s look beyond the bright lights to the truth that’s there right before our eyes: that the God who created us loved us enough to give us everything we would ever need, for today and for all the years to come. As we’re drawn to the Holy Family, we become part of the Holy Family, claiming our place at the nativity as beloved sons and daughters of God. And in the midst of that circle of love, is the child who will lead us – who is the real source of the light.

Fraternally in the Precious Blood,

Rev. Larry J. Hemmelgarn, C.PP.S.
Provincial Director