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Mother, we follow God's will and the teachings of
Jesus Christ, especially through Sunday Worship and the
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Christmas - See the Face of
the Hurting Children of the World
In Bethlehem, Jesus was born of the Virgin
Mary. He was born, not by the will of man, but by the gift of the love of God
our Father, who “so loved the world that he gave his only-begotten Son, that
whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life”
This event is renewed today in the Church, a pilgrim in time. For the faith of
the Christian people relives in the Christmas liturgy the mystery of the God who
comes, who assumes our mortal human flesh, and who becomes lowly and poor in
order to save us. And this moves us deeply, for great is the tenderness of our
Today, as the winds of war are blowing in our world and an outdated model of
development continues to produce human, societal and environmental decline,
Christmas invites us to focus on the sign of the Child and to recognize him in
the faces of little children, especially those for whom, like Jesus, “there is
no place in the inn.”
We see Jesus in the children of the Middle East who continue to suffer because
of growing tensions between Israelis and Palestinians. On this festive day, let
us ask the Lord for peace for Jerusalem and for all the Holy Land. Let us pray
that the will to resume dialogue may prevail between the parties and that a
negotiated solution can finally be reached, one that would allow the peaceful
coexistence of two States within mutually agreed and internationally recognized
borders. May the Lord also sustain the efforts of all those in the international
community inspired by good will to help that afflicted land to find, despite
grave obstacles the harmony, justice and security that it has long awaited.
We see Jesus in the faces of Syrian children still marked by the war that, in
these years, has caused such bloodshed in that country. May beloved Syria at
last recover respect for the dignity of every person through a shared commitment
to rebuild the fabric of society, without regard for ethnic and religious
membership. We see Jesus in the children of Iraq, wounded and torn by the
conflicts that country has experienced in the last fifteen years, and in the
children of Yemen, where there is an ongoing conflict that has been largely
forgotten, with serious humanitarian implications for its people, who suffer
from hunger and the spread of diseases.
We see Jesus in the children of Africa, especially those who are suffering in
South Sudan, Somalia, Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Central African
Republic and Nigeria.
We see Jesus in the children worldwide wherever peace and security are
threatened by the danger of tensions and new conflicts. Let us pray that
confrontation may be overcome on the Korean peninsula and that mutual trust may
increase in the interest of the world as a whole. To the Baby Jesus we entrust
Venezuela that it may resume a serene dialogue among the various elements of
society for the benefit of all the beloved Venezuelan people. We see Jesus in
children who, together with their families, suffer from the violence of the
conflict in Ukraine and its grave humanitarian repercussions; we pray that the
Lord may soon grant peace to this dear country.
We see Jesus in the children of unemployed parents who struggle to offer their
children a secure and peaceful future. And in those whose childhood has been
robbed and who, from a very young age, have been forced to work or to be
enrolled as soldiers by unscrupulous mercenaries.
We see Jesus in the many children forced to leave their countries to travel
alone in inhuman conditions and who become an easy target for human traffickers.
Through their eyes we see the drama of all those forced to emigrate and risk
their lives to face exhausting journeys that end at times in tragedy. I see
Jesus again in the children I met during my recent visit to Myanmar and
Bangladesh, and it is my hope that the international community will not cease to
work to ensure that the dignity of the minority groups present in the region is
adequately protected. Jesus knows well the pain of not being welcomed and how
hard it is not to have a place to lay one’s head. May our hearts not be closed
as they were in the homes of Bethlehem.
Electronic Giving Program
convenience to our parishioners, Our Lady Queen of Peace has
establishing a means for you to make payments and regular contributions
online. The service uses advanced encrypted security features, so that
using the service is safe. You will access this service by following
Online Payments link on the navigation bar. This link will take you
to the secure server where you can set up your account. With your
account, you can specify regular deductions from your bank account or
charges to your credit card, or you can log on to make individual
payments and contributions. At any time, you can change your payment
options or cancel use of the service. There is no cost to you for this
service. If you have any questions, please contact Jan Schultheiss
in the parish office.
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