Monthly Archives: December 2014

Book Review: Faith Positive in a Negative World

Faith Positive in a Negative World
Written by Dr. Joey Faucette and Mike Van Vranken

by Jessica Rinaudo, Editor

I should start this review by being up front with you. Mike Van Vranken is a columnist and long time supporter of the Catholic Connection and the Diocese of Shreveport. But, as the editor of this publication, I would not have reviewed his book if I didn’t think it was worth sharing.
Faith Positive in a Negative World is for Christian business professionals in any and all career paths. The focus of the book is not on your specific career, but on ways to change your own mindset and the influences around you to transform a negative working experience into a positive one based on biblical scripture and faith in God and Jesus Christ.

That may sound like a mighty undertaking, but Mike and his co-author Dr. Joey break this concept up into five core values that build on one another in each section. Transforming your mindset and surroundings from negative ones to positive ones is no easy task, and the book’s writers don’t pretend that it is. Over and over they emphasize that some of these steps will be difficult – retraining your mind, especially as an adult, takes constant vigilance and dedication.

From the beginning of the book, the authors present a concept one section at a time for making your work more “faith positive,” then follow up with concrete ways to make those changes, as well as with scripture that supports these ideals for what God wants for us in our own lives. They provide anecdotes from their own lives that are often funny and always entertaining as examples of how these principles have helped them personally.

Throughout each section of Faith Positive in a Negative World, the authors explain the different kinds of negativity we face in our careers. Sometimes that negativity comes from other people – their attitudes affect our attitude. Oftentimes that negativity comes from within ourselves through fear, self-doubt, our unwillingness to let go and collaborate with others and our inability to trust in God. Mike and Dr. Joey push for life changes that often go against societal norms like stepping away from controlling technology, refusing to participate in negative office gossip and avoiding multi-tasking all together. Instead, they urge us to focus first on prayer, to set our priorities and schedule everything else around them, and use tools they provide to deflect negative conversation and people.

This book emphasizes building up a community of “faith positive” people around you. And while that task may seem impossible at times, they ask you to trust in God. Mike and Dr. Joey also encourage you to stay in contact with them and others via various forms of social media with Faith Positive groups, pages and hashtags. It’s a great way, they say, to meet others who are trying to create their own faith positive lifestyles.

Each chapter of this book ends with a brief summary of their points in “grab and go” bites that can be easily bookmarked or copied down for later review.

I suggest taking this book one chapter at a time and really focusing on each value: both how you are currently doing in your career relative to that value and how you can better improve your life, the people around you and your faith by implementing them in your life.
There are many books out there about ways to positively transform your life and ways of thinking, some are even mentioned by name in this book, but what Faith Positive has that most do not is its strong anchor in scripture and faith. You can’t miss the scriptures that begin each section and chapter, or the overt use of parables and biblical stories to illustrate their points. They often use word-for-word quotes from the Bible to explain how to positively transform your life. This element of the book is what sets it above others in the genre, and what makes their core principles successful.

Faith Positive in a Negative World can be found in Slattery Library at the Catholic Center, as well as Amazon.com.

Domestic Church: The Christmas Presence

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I start my Christmas shopping early every year. I thrill in getting ahead of the game and being prepared, trying to be totally finished by the beginning of December. I’ll be honest though, shopping for family and friends months in advance has not made me immune to holiday stress. Annually caught up in celebratory details, it’s easy to be fixed on my to-do list more so than my family and even Christ Himself; if I’m not careful, that is. And so my plan this year is to relish in the joy of Christ’s birth without losing focus on faith. Try the following to maintain your own Christmas presence to God and loved ones.

1) Celebrate Advent! In a society that begins its Christmas push in October, it’s a challenge to hold back on premature celebrations; but observing the liturgical season of Advent with a Jesse Tree or reflecting on the daily Mass readings builds the soulful anticipation for Christmas Day. Nothing helps me appreciate the context and glory of Christ’s coming like exploring salvation history. Imitate your parish’s liturgical decorations in your own domestic church – your house!

2) We Catholics love our novenas and praying one for Christmas is both powerful and moving. Beginning December 16th and ending the 24th, pray a Christmas novena (found on EWTN.com) in spiritual preparation for the Holy Birth. Offer your novena for your family or for worldwide reverence for Christ.

3) Plan with good company. Don’t charge ahead deciding menus, gifts, and get-togethers on your own. Ask your spouse for his or her favorite Christmas dish. Ask for your kids’ input on gifts for family and neighbors. Ask your in-laws when they want to celebrate and how. Planning together only fuels the excited anticipation, and getting others involved puts them above any perfect plan in your mind.

4) Celebrate for the sake of Christ instead of the sake of celebration. Christmas is the designated time for cheerful detail and picturesque presentation. While yuletide embellishment stirs eagerness for December 25th, it’s easy to become preoccupied with too many details, making Christ’s birthday a stressful event instead of a joyful feast. If you find an elective task or two is inhibiting your ability to celebrate the Reason for the Season, then consider letting it go. Relaxing will allow you to keep your eyes and soul on Jesus.

5) But if you’re absolutely set on presenting your signature desserts and décor, remember that Christmas spans well beyond one day! The Christmas season begins the afternoon of Christmas Eve and lasts through the Baptism of the Lord, January 11, 2015. One of the biggest stress relievers came when I realized I could make eggnog Christmas Eve and my favorite hot cocoa recipe the following week when it was still Christmas. Whether you’re mailing Christmas cards, decorating, baking or hosting a party, don’t let it end December 26th! Enjoy the entire Christmas season one celebration at a time!

The profound meaning and hope in Christmas calls for more presence than presents. Ask God to reveal the real wonder of Christmas to you, and in doing so, all other celebrations will be rooted in love, peace and good will toward men.

Katie Sciba is the author of thecatholicwife.net. She lives in Shreveport with her husband, Andrew, and four children, Liam,Thomas, Peter and Jane.

20th Anniversary for St. Joseph Perpetual Adoration Chapel

The St. Joseph Perpetual Adoration Chapel is celebrating its 20th Anniversary. The chapel originally began simply as a prayer chapel and then in 1994, named the Year of the Eucharist by Pope John Paul II, was converted into the Adoration Chapel.

In March of 1994 the chapel opened its doors with the hours of 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. In December 1994 it was changed into a Perpetual Adoration Chapel, the only one in the Diocese of Shreveport at the time. Volunteers were in charge of different sections of hours each day. With many willing parishioners these committees were able to fill nearly all the hours throughout the week.

The chapel has come a long way in the past 20 years. There are currently over 200 dedicated adorers covering 87 hours each week with at least one adorer. The chapel is still available 24 hours day throughout the year, except during the Triduum. We are currently working on updating our list of adorers and gaining new adorers to fill the empty hours throughout the week. The chapel is available to anyone in the diocese. The open hours may be viewed on the St. Joseph Parish website at www.stjosephchurch.net.

If you would like to become an adorer or if you would like more information, please contact the St. Joseph Parish office at 318-865-3581 or koshea@stjosephchurch.net. Please consider becoming a part of this wonderful ministry!

by Ka’Lani O’Shea

Catholic Food: The Right Time

by Kim Long

I don’t know if you have experienced the feeling of panic rising in your chest as you look at a calendar and realize you don’t have the extra week, weekend or day, until Christmas. It is a feeling unmatched! Being a list maker from childhood I was seldom caught up short until I took a hiatus from list making and decided to “wing it.” That worked for a while then I decided I needed more order in my life and so I am back to lists; but even with that the calendar can appear a bit slippery.

As I sit here I think of the variety of lists; gifts, food to be purchased, food to be cooked, cards, novenas to remember to pray (there are several great ones from Advent through Epiphany). In truth they can become overwhelming. I have a ritual that works really well for me and I wanted to share it with you.

In the middle of Advent I schedule a day when I am unavailable to everyone and I have a morning or afternoon with my spiral notebook and my lists. This isn’t as difficult as it sounds, but does take commitment and planning. I cannot enter this ritual, though, without some tools.
I put on the kettle and reach for my favorite Christmas mug, while the water is heating I put on some non-manic, usually Gregorian chant, Christmas music and I breathe. When the water is hot I spoon three or four generous spoons of an ancient family spiced tea recipe into my cup, then I sit quietly and tackle the lists crossing off completed tasks and combining others.

The tea soothes me and pictures fill my head of my grandmother mixing up this treat which we only had at Christmas time. I have tried it prior to Thanksgiving before, and something wasn’t right – the timing was off and timing is a big part of every ritual! So I make the tea with some peaceful music playing, the sound of my pen scratching across the blank page creating possibilities and assuring success, and the scent of the tea enveloping me, cocooning me in all the possibilities the season offers. As I write and think and go through this last minute planning, my thoughts turn to Mary and Joseph and the almost ironclad assurance that their faith was in God as they traveled the distance to Bethlehem. She didn’t have all the modern conveniences many of us consider absolute requirements; she and Joseph leaned on one another and on God. I try to take a lesson from this reality. Christmas can become a financial nightmare as well as an emotional mess, so lean on your husband, your wife, your children and discuss what Christmas means. In most cases I believe we will discover that celebrating the Divine Love is our only absolute. Everything else, as we say in Louisiana, is “lagniappe.”

Letting go of a picture perfect outcome was my first step in really living the holiday season which is charged with expectations. How can we help it with magazines, television and department stores pummeling us with the message of consumerism gone crazy? So as I drain the tea from my cup, I rise restored and hopeful that rather than slouching toward Bethlehem weighted down by all of these unnecessary expectations, this year I will accompany Mary and Joseph and be present in the Advent journey, proclaiming, when the time is right, “Unto us a child is born.”

Spice Tea Mix

Ingredients:
• 1 pound jar of Tang (you are free to substitute but it isn’t as good, I have tried it)
• 2 to 3 cups of sugar (I use two but some like it sweet)
• 1 cup Instant Tea (no lemon, just plain)
• ½ package Lemon Jello (the smaller one, not family size)
• 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
• 1 teaspoon cloves

Directions:
1) Stir ingredients until well blended and immediately pour into clean dry airtight containers (I usually use mason jars).
2) Add two to three heaping spoons of mix to a cup and add hot water, stir and enjoy.

From the Pope: The Dignity of the Person Must Prevail Over Bureaucracy

from Vatican Information Services

Vatican City, November 14, 2014 (VIS) – “From your professional observatory, you are well aware of the dramatic situation faced by many people who are precariously employed or have lost their jobs; of the many families who pay the consequences; of the many young people in search of a first occupation and dignified work. They are many, especially immigrants, who are compelled to work illegally, and lack the most basic legal and economic guarantees”, said the pope that morning in his address to the 7,000 participants at the World Congress of Accountants, held in Rome from November 10 to 13.

In this economic context, there is a “strong temptation to defend one’s own interests without worrying about the common good, without paying too much attention to justice and legality. However, we are all, especially those who exercise a profession associated with the good functioning of the economic life of a country, required to play a positive and constructive role in carrying out our work on a daily basis, aware that behind every piece of paper there is a story, and there are faces. In this task … the Christian professional draws strength every day from prayer and the Word of God to carry out his or her own duties well, with skill and wisdom; and then, to go further than this, which means reaching towards those in difficulty; exercising that creativity that allows solutions to be found in situations of impasse; to make the reason of human dignity prevail over the rigidity of bureaucracy.”

Francis affirmed that the economy and finance are “dimensions of human activity and may be opportunities for encounters, dialogue, cooperation, the recognition of rights and the rendering of services, of dignity affirmed in work. But it is therefore necessary always to place man and his dignity at the center, opposing those dynamics that tend to homogenize everything and place money at the summit. When money becomes the aim and reason for every activity and initiative, this leads to the prevalence of a utilitarian perspective and the untrammelled logic of profit that does not respect people, with the consequent widespread decline in the values of solidarity and respect for the human person. Those who work in various roles in economics and finance are required to make decisions that favor the social and economic well-being of humanity as a whole, offering everyone the opportunity to realize their own development.”

“You, in your profession,” he said, addressing the accountants, “work alongside companies, but also families and individuals, to offer economic and financial advice. I encourage you always to work responsibly, favoring relationships of loyalty, justice and, if possible, fraternity, courageously facing, above all, the problems faced by the weakest and poorest. It is not enough to give concrete answers to economic and material questions; it is necessary to promote and cultivate the ethics of the economy, finance and work; it is necessary to keep alive the value of solidarity as a moral attitude, an expression of attention to others and all their legitimate needs. If we wish to hand our environmental, economic, cultural and social patrimony to future generations in a better condition than that in which we have inherited it, we must assume the responsibility of working for a globalization of solidarity. … And the social doctrine of the Church teaches us that the principle of solidarity works in harmony with that of subsidiarity. Thanks to the effect of these two principles, processes are placed at the services of humanity and enable the growth of justice, without which there cannot be true and lasting peace.”

Second Collections: Retirement for Religious & Diocesan Infirm Priests

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NATIONAL RETIREMENT FUND FOR RELIGIOUS
Collection Dates: December 13 & 14
Announcement Dates: November 30 & December 7

The theme for this collection to assist with the medical care of our 35,000 plus retired nuns, brothers and religious order priests is, “Please give to those who have given a lifetime.”  Senior Catholic sisters, brothers and religious order priests have spent their lives ministering to others, often for little, if any, pay. Their sacrifices now leave their religious communities without adequate savings for their retirement and health care. Your gift to the collection for the Retirement Fund for Religious supports the day-to-day care of roughly 35,000 senior religious, providing necessities such as prescription medications and nursing care.  Please give to those who have given a lifetime.

DIOCESAN INFIRM PRIESTS’ FUND
Collection Dates: December 24 & 25
Announcement Dates: December 14 & 21

This fall, in September, Bishop Duca asked me to visit each of our retired priests in their homes. The bishop asked me to personally represent him and give them the following message from his heart to theirs on his behalf and that of the people of the Diocese.  Bishop Duca asked me to convey to each of them that:

1. He and the people of the diocese have not forgotten them;
2. He will personally visit each of them as soon as is possible;
3. He wanted them to know with certainty, through this visitation, that they were being cared for and assisted as deserving of their many years of service in and to the people of the diocese.

I had the most amazing visits with Fr. Walter Ebarb, Msgr. Franz Graef, Fr. Murray Clayton, Fr. Roger McMullen, Fr. Patrick Scully, Bishop William Friend, Msgr. Edmund Moore, Fr. John Kennedy, Fr. Joe Puthuppally and Fr. Ken Williams. These retired priests and bishop are doing well in their senior years. They were deeply moved that the bishop and people of the diocese remember them and visited them, and are concerned about and committed to their on-going care. This was my grand “second joyful mysteries of the Rosary” experience this year, “The Visitation.”  Please give to the care of these servants of God who have fruitfully served us.

Fr. Rothell Price, Vicar General, is the Director of Special Collections.

On What or Whom Do You Focus Your Thoughts?

As believers, we know this life is temporary and there is an eternal home that follows. And how important is it to dwell on our everlasting lives?  Jesus looked at Peter and told Satan to get behind him because he had become a stumbling block. How?  Jesus said Peter’s mind was not on the divine but on human things (Mt 16:23).

Paul continues Jesus’ teaching saying to set our minds on the flesh is death; yet to set our minds on the Spirit is life and peace (Rom 8:6).
What are we to make of this? My simple-minded analysis tells me when I think about carnal or worldly or temporal things, I become a stumbling block to Jesus. Hmmm. Not a pleasant thought.

As we reminisce about Jesus’ first coming during this month, it’s easy to also contemplate his return. But, at his first coming, some were so ill prepared that they didn’t even recognize him.  How can we be sure we are ready in our mind, body and spirit for his next coming?

1. Consider offering a full hour of conversation with and prayer to God each day.  If an hour is too much at one time, maybe divide it into four 15-minute sessions throughout the day. Or, perhaps it makes sense to retreat to Jesus during twelve 5-minute prayer episodes.  These intimate conversations take our minds off of the worldly noise so we are able to hear the whispers of the Holy Spirit.

2.  Try to experience God in everything around you at all times. See Him in the sunshine, a fresh breeze, plants, animals, and of course, other sons and daughters of the world’s Creator.  It becomes difficult to focus on worldly interests when we see Jesus in everything around us.

3. Allow every thing in your day to be done solely for the building of the kingdom and the glory of God.  Do it all from the heart as if for the Lord and not for man (Col. 3:23).

Besides the above, what are some of your current strategies for having the mind of Christ? Write them down, pray over them and ask for the grace for new and even stronger ways to help you focus on the eternal and put temporal things behind you.

Mike is a writer and teacher, and co-author of the book: Faith Positive in a Negative World. You can contact him at www.mikevanvrankenministries.org

Bishop’s December Reflection: Stop Blaming and Start Living for Christ

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by Bishop Michael G. Duca

Before I was Bishop of Shreveport, I was Rector of a college seminary in Dallas. Every year I welcomed new seminarians who wanted to discern their vocation to the priesthood. The new seminarians were usually refreshingly idealistic and committed, but also brought some naïve ideas with them about seminary formation.  One idea was that seminary was such a holy place that simply because they were now seminarians and living in the seminary they would not have any more problems with the temptations that bothered them in their previous lives. It is true that seminary is a holy place, just like a church, because of the presence of Christ in the Eucharist in the tabernacle, but their understanding of a holy place was different and bordered on magic. I often needed to teach them that the seminary became a truly holy place when we, the seminarians and faculty, were holy in the way we lived our lives. When we strived each day to take on the mind of Christ and lived the love of Christ in our seminary community, then the seminary became a truly holy place.

We have entered the Christian season of Advent and are waiting with hopeful expectations for the celebration of Christmas, the Nativity of the Lord. This time of year is unique because our religious observance of the seasons of Advent and Christmas correspond with a secular observance of the Christmas holiday season.

As we face the tensions between the secular and religious I know we all try to stay spiritually focused. But as much as we want to keep Jesus as the “reason for the season,” we are continually pulled into more mundane and secular activities. We blame so many things for this tension. We say we are trying to live up to the demands of our individual “ideal” of what Christmas should be shaped by our history, ethnicity, our childhood experiences, our hang ups, our traditions, our children’s pleas, our worries about getting the right gift…and on and on.  We blame our consumer society that tells us we need to spend more.  We lament that our children are too materialistic. We might even blame President Obama. Enough. Enough.  We will not find the answer to our existential stress in blaming anyone or thing.  The answer to our search to rediscover the joy and hope of Advent and Christmas season is the same as it has always been: Jesus, the light of the World.

Every one of these things is real for us, except maybe for blaming President Obama, but they do not cause our stress.  What causes our stress is that we have failed to put Christ at the center of our Advent and Christmas seasons. Not everything about our “Christmas ideal” is bad.
In fact all those quirky aspects of our “ideal” Christmas contain wonderful family traditions, fun inside jokes and comforting familiarity in a world where so much is always changing. In our prayer we should see that all the effort in creating these familial traditions are an act of love and reflect the love of Christ to our family.

When we are frustrated with the way the marketplace seems not to respect the real meaning of Christmas, we should take a prayerful breath and remember that the stores would not open on Thanksgiving Day if we did not shop.  The stores and malls create the schedule that we want and if we want to change the way our secular society treats Christmas, then we need to live as believers in Jesus who was born on Christmas morn.

Christ changed the world by living and teaching His Good News of the love of God. He directed us to love one another as he has first loved us. Jesus witnessed that the love he preached was a love that cares for the hungry, the lonely, the prisoner, the immigrant, the marginalized and always seeks to serve and not be served.  He handed on this wondrous revelation by proposing not imposing. In fact the way the Word of God entered the world was not in a display of power meant to overcome, but as a baby, powerless, inviting all to come and see. The way we as believers find our way in this confused world is to invite the Light of the World, the Child of Mary, into our hearts and recommit ourselves to being His disciples of love. It is not the secular world’s responsibility to bring the true Christmas spirit into the world; it is our responsibility to bear witness to Christ, the Light of the World.  It is like I told my seminarians, the Church, our parish, our world will be truly holy, when we, the disciples of Jesus, are living holy committed lives taking on the mind and heart of Jesus.

May the peace of Christ reign in your hearts this Christmas and bring with it a renewed joy and hope in your lives.  Merry Christmas!

Deja de Culpar y Comienza a vivir por Cristo

por Obispo Michael G. Duca

Antes de ser Obispo de Shreveport, fui el Rector de un seminario en Dallas. Cada año daba la bienvenida a seminaristas nuevos que querían discernir su vocación al sacerdocio. Por lo regular, todos llegaban con ideas refrescantes y a veces idealistas, comprometidos pero también con algunas ideas ingenuas sobre la formación del seminario. Una de estas ideas era que como el seminario es un lugar santo y solo por ser ya seminaristas viviendo en el seminario que no tendrían ya ninguno de los problemas de tentaciones que los molestaban en su vida anterior. Es verdad que el seminario es un lugar santo, igual que lo es la Iglesia, por la presencia de Cristo en la Eucaristía en el tabernáculo, pero su entendimiento de lugar santo era diferente, rodeado de magia. Con frecuencia necesitaba enseñarles que el seminario sería un verdadero lugar santo solo cuando nosotros, los seminaristas y la facultad  fuéramos santos en la manera de vivir nuestras vidas. Cuando luchamos cada día por pensar como Cristo y vivir el amor de Cristo en nuestra comunidad del seminario, entonces el seminario se convierte en un verdadero lugar santo.

Ya hemos entrado a la Cristiana temporada del Adviento y estamos esperando con ansias la celebración de la Navidad, el Nacimiento del Señor. Esta temporada del año es única porque nuestra  observación sobre lo religioso de la temporada de Adviento y la Navidad corresponde  también a una observación seglar de la Navidad y la temporada de vacaciones.

Al enfrentar las tensiones entre lo seglar y lo religioso sabemos que tratamos de mantenernos espiritualmente enfocados. Solo que aunque queramos mantener a Jesús como la “razón de la temporada,” somos continuamente jalados a las actividades más mundanas y seglares. Culpamos a tantas cosas por esta tensión. Decimos que estamos tratando de vivir las exigencias de nuestro “ideal” individual de lo que debería ser la Navidad, formada por nuestra historia, etnias, tradiciones, experiencias de niñez, nuestros hijos, las ansiedades de dar el mejor regalo y así nos seguimos. Culpamos nuestra sociedad consumista que nos dice que necesitamos gastar más. Lamentamos que nuestros hijos son muy materialistas. Hasta culpamos al mismo Presidente Barack Obama. Basta. Basta. No encontraremos respuestas a nuestro estrés existencial culpando  algo o alguien. La respuesta a nuestra búsqueda de redescubrir el gozo y la esperanza de las temporadas de Adviento y Navidad es la misma de siempre, Jesús, Luz del Mundo.

Cada una de estas cosas son verdaderas para nosotros, excepto  tal vez la de culpar al Presidente Obama, pero esto no es lo que nos causan estrés. Lo que nos causa estrés es el saber que hemos fallado en poner a Cristo como el centro de nuestras temporadas de Adviento y Navidad. No todo lo de nuestra idea de una “Navidad ideal” es malo. De hecho, todos los aspectos peculiares de nuestra Navidad “ideal” contienen tradiciones maravillosas de la familia, chistes de familia y calor familiar en un mundo donde tanto está siempre cambiando. En nuestra oración deberíamos ver que todo el esfuerzo en crear estas tradiciones familiares es un acto de amor y reflejan el amor de Cristo para nuestra familia.

Cuando estamos frustrados con la manera que el mercado parece no respetar el verdadero significado la de Navidad, deberíamos tomar un respiro profundo en oración y recordar que el mercado no abriría las tiendas en Día de Gracias si no fuéramos nosotros a comprar. Las tiendas y centros comerciales crean el horario que nosotros buscamos y si queremos que la manera de nuestra sociedad seglar cambie y trate la Navidad diferente, necesitamos vivir como creyentes en Jesús que nació en Navidad.

Cristo cambió el mundo viviendo y enseñando Su Buena Nueva de amor de Dios. Nos ordenó que nos amáramos los unos a los otros así como Él nos amó. Jesús fue testimonio del amor que él predicó, o sea el amor que se da por el pobre, por el hambriento, el abandonado el prisionero, el inmigrante, el marginado y el amor que siempre busca servir y no ser servido. Él nos dejó esta maravillosa revelación proponiendo no imponiendo. En efecto, la manera en que la Palabra de Dios entró en el mundo no fue en una exhibición de poder soberano, sino como un niño, sin ningún poder, invitando a todos a ir a verlo. La manera que como creyentes encontramos nuestro camino en este mundo lleno de confusión es invitando a la Luz del Mundo, el Niño de María a nuestros corazones y renovando nuestro compromiso con nosotros mismos a ser Sus discípulos de amor. No es la responsabilidad del mundo seglar de traernos el verdadero espíritu de Navidad al mundo; sino que  es nuestra responsabilidad de llevar el verdadero espíritu Navideño, siendo testimonios de Cristo, que es la Luz del Mundo. Como les decía yo a mis seminaristas, la Iglesia, nuestra parroquia, nuestro mundo será verdaderamente santo cuando, nosotros, los discípulos de Jesús estemos viviendo en santo compromiso, tomando la mente y el corazón de Jesús.

Que la paz de Cristo reine en sus corazones esta Navidad y traiga consigo gozo renovado y esperanza en sus vidas. ¡Feliz Navidad!