Christmas Greeting 2019 of the General Government

 1. gengreet


«God the Father is revealed
through the incarnation of His own Son
and He does so in weakness and poverty.

He sends us His only Son who 

“though rich, yet for your sake became poor,

so that by His poverty you may become rich” (2Cor 8, 9)»

(GC XVIII. 8)

          

Dear sisters and brothers: we want to live Christmas with you all, the life that arises from faith in God who “became human for me…” (SpEx 104).

 

Before the manger, silence may be the best word. May our silence be an expression of feeling overwhelmed by grace. A silence that is an open path to welcome the passage of God. In these days, as Daughters of Jesus, as Family of M. Candida, let's give space and time to the silence of the contemplation of this "mystery." As Pope Francis says: “As we contemplate the Christmas scene, we are invited to set out on a spiritual journey, drawn by the humility of the God who became man in order to encounter every man and woman. We come to realize that so great is his love for us that he became one of us, so that we in turn might become one with him”[1]

 

In the contemplation of the mystery of Christmas, there can be an exchange of silences, before an event that we cannot get used to: God becomes man. By Him we are made capable; capable by God: He humanizes us, brings out the best of ourselves when we are able to welcome Him and give of ourselves as He gives himself. Precisely evangelical poverty, to which we are called today, Hijas de Jesus, allows us "to be a response to the cry of this world that is asking for the best of ourselves" (GC XVIII, 7). The wisdom contained therein is also given to the laity.

 

Recently we heard how the Synod of the Amazon reflected the initiative to bring to the center what is on the periphery: “This synod has the courage to take an existential periphery and bring it to the center, give it a voice, value it. The periphery has its majority voice here. The center does not command the periphery, it is at the service of the periphery of the Church, of the pastoral. The pastoral must respond to reality, to its concretions ..[2]

 

We would like to make this our daily dynamic: to walk with everyone, for which it is essential to slow down; that of serving the peripheries by bringing them to the center of our life; that of conceding the word to the other so that, in receptive silence, welcome it in availability; that of collaborating with the common good when nobody is going to see, let alone value it - again and again -; there are many gestures that we can do to collaborate with the welfare of others, on the planet, "we are still on time" ...

 

It is the dynamic of one who is "on the way out," who leaves out "self-love, self-like and self-interest.” The first one that comes out is God himself. He is the source of our joy, of our hope. That's why we celebrate these days. It is He who inspires our lives, calls us to "reproduce the image of his Son" (Rm 8, 23) and to be his collaborators.

 

We pray for all that, in contemplating Him, our lives continue being transformed, so that our presence in the world may be more "His presence."

 

With fraternal affection, Merry Christmas

 

Rome, December 2019.

 

1. ana 1. graciela1. jahayra

 

 

1. pinto  1. sonia

1. teresali  1. thelma