Dear Parents and Students,
Every year I lose patience with the television ads for the “perfect Christmas gift.” It seems that unless I can come up with a car or a diamond, I will be a total failure as a husband. Once again, I have to thank God for Sandra (Mrs. Hanley). Though she would really like a car or jewelry, what she has already decided is that we will not be exchanging gifts this Christmas. Instead we will be leaving home early on Christmas morning to visit our son, his wife and their beautiful baby Emmett in Arizona. I don’t think Sandra is a saint or anything (at least not yet), but she really does have her priorities straight. Christmas is about God loving us so much that He chose to become one of us.
None of us has seen Jesus face to face, but I know that we see his sisters and brothers every day. Sometimes it’s so easy to see Jesus in the eyes of a child. Other times it becomes much more of a challenge when we look into the eyes of a stranger, or a street person, or someone whose life style is radically different from ours. But these are the people Jesus most wants us to see as his sisters and brothers. As I tell my 6th grade Religion class, “Ya don’t get no points for loving people who are easy to love.”
Pope Francis has declared a “Year of Mercy” starting tomorrow, December 8. Tomorrow is also the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and Father Vito will be celebrating Mass for all of us at 9:00. Please join us and let’s make a commitment to continue to show the kids how to be merciful.
God Bless You All,