It must be remembered that if holy joy is lacking,
very few souls will be led to God.
St. Vincent Pallotti
Wake up and sing with all your heart, because the joyful spirit of Christmas is here! These are the keywords, which accompany Pope Francis' joyful teaching. God offers this gift of Joy in the form of the Infant Jesus, to be born of the Virgin Mary. By Mary's Yes, to God's great plan to bring the source of true Joy to the world, Joy was conceived within her and birthed for you and me. Because she accepted, we now can receive Him, our Savior. This is the Great Gift Exchange /cf. Luke 1:26-34/.
This is the gift to be shared. Joy is a grace from God’s Love that allows us to live a holy life with Him and to be life giving to each other. It is a gift that walks on the path with Jesus, sings, and proclaims that Jesus is the Lord. It is a virtue of freshness, the virtue of always going forward to the horizon /cf. Pope Francis/. Bl. Mother Teresa says: "Joy is prayer. Joy is strength. Joy is a net of love, by which you can catch souls." Otherwise we would just exist from day to day; perhaps with happiness which is passing, but later leaves us empty and discouraged. We wish to let this joy reach out and touch us, heal us, and energize us, especially at this time of the Christmas Season.
Dear Sisters, the angels surrounding the newborn Infant were singing joyfully and proclaiming His glory. Listen to their song as it radiates the joy that filled them. It is as if we were hearing the sounds of heaven. Let us join this heavenly choir of Angels and proclaim the gift of salvation to all people of good will. Merry Christmas!
United together let us go and proclaim the message of love,
Sr. Izabela Świerad, SAC
and the Sisters of the Generalate and Procura
Rome, Christmas 2014