Christmas wishes

  • December 13, 2011

Our consumer society is afflicted by a “commercial contamination” that spikes in December. As Christmas approaches, we stay busy decorating, partying, drafting our wish list or buying and wrapping gifts for others.

In this mad rush we too often become guilty of neglecting the authentic peace, joy and spirit of Christmas. This is a season to celebrate Christ’s coming with prayer and reflection and also a time to look beyond our own family and friends to reach out in joy, charity and prayer to the forlorn and forgotten.

In that spirit, we offer The Register’s Christmas wish list:

o Political, economic and moral support for the millions of Christians around the world, particularly across the Middle East and much of Asia who, due to their faith, are subjected to harassment and violence.

o A new home and a fresh start in a welcoming country for the hundreds of thousands of Christian refugee families who are stranded in foreign lands after being chased from their homes because they refused to abandon their faith.

o Dignity and respect and a path out of poverty for Canada’s First Nations peoples, particularly the most vulnerable who are shivering through winter in ramshackle housing in places like Attawapiskat, Ont.

o A global rejuvenation of respect for life to combat the scourge of abortion and to halt the frightening march towards the public acceptance of killing the sick or unwanted through assisted suicide and euthanasia.

o Peace, healing and justice for all those sexually abused as children, whether at the hands of clergy, coaches, teachers or anyone in whom they placed trust.

o Good health and God’s grace for Pope Benedict XVI as he continues to lead the Church with wisdom, compassion and faith.

o Charity, prayers and the return of rain to the drought-ravaged Horn of Africa, where famine continues to kill thousands of impoverished, largely forgotten people.

o Blessings and encouragement for parents who, weary of the secular trappings of Christmas, ensure that their children understand that Dec. 25, more than a sentimental community holiday, is a time to truly rejoice at the miracle birth of the Saviour.

o Wisdom, integrity and compassion for Canada’s political elite and world leaders as they work to resolve international financial woes, advance the cause of peace and reverse the environmental decline of the planet in a moral way that respects the plight of the poor and the pursuit of social justice.

Finally, joy, peace and blessings for The Register’s wonderful readers and a Merry Christmas for all.

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