"Let us be messengers of joy!"
As we prepare to celebrate Christmas, let us take into account all that we have seen and heard during this past Year of Faith.
In our Archdiocese, we had many opportunities to deepen our faith; we provided occasions to encounter Christ personally and to deepen our knowledge and understanding of the gospel. All of these graces were given to us, so that we might appreciate the wonderful gift of Christ born to us, as our Saviour and Lord.
Now we have the chance to share what we have experienced. Let us be messengers of joy! This Christmas invite someone to the Mass of Christ's birth; use the social media to pass on the good news of Jesus and stand up for what you believe.
As Pope Francis reminds us in Evangelii Gaudium: "Life grows by being given away and it weakens in isolation and comfort."
This Christmas, let us share our life and make this the gift of Christmas.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!
Archbishop of Halifax-Yarmouth