A Christmas message from our Provincial Director Fr. Jeffrey Kirch, C.PP.S.

Christmas lights inside and outside of our homes provide extra light and warmth in what can be a dark and cold month in our northern states. I am grateful for folks who go to the trouble to decorate outside, sharing the joy and the hope of the season with all who pass by.

It is hard for us to imagine how dark the world must have been before electric lights. No wonder the people living in such darkness looked to the skies for answers. Imagine their amazement when the Christmas star blazed forth. I wish we could see that astronomical sight for ourselves—not to mention the angels.

Whether it comes from a star or a string of lights, those are just symbols for the true light that comes to us at Christmas. This light, shining forth from the Christ-child, finds a home in our heart. This is the light that is reflected out to others when we share what we have with them: a meal, our home, our prayers, our compassion. God’s grace flows to us and through us—may we, in this singular time of the year, be sure to pass it along to others. Let the light shine.