The Christophers wish everyone a joyous Advent and Christmas season. It is a time to open
our hearts to the coming of Christ in our lives, and we especially pray that the peace of Christ touches
the hearts of those most in need throughout this season.
December 8 is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, when we honor Mary as being born
without original sin. It is through Mary’s faithfulness to God that it became possible for Christ to enter
the world and redeem all mankind. We pray for Mary to intercede for all those in need during this time
of year, that they might know how much God cares for them and wants to draw them close to His
Our prayer card to the Blessed Mother will be sent out this month, and it’s a wonderful way
to remember Mary and to call upon her powerful intercession in our lives. A Hail Mary is printed on
one side of the card, and on the other side is The Christophers’ own original prayer for Mary’s intercession. It reminds us that Mary was the first Christopher, the first Christ-bearer, and opens our hearts to follow her lead in doing God’s will.
Also being sent out this month is a new version of our classic Christopher News Note, “Enthusiasm: The Magic Spark of Life.” Contained within this News Note are timeless stories and bits of wisdom that remind us how important it is to put our hearts into our daily tasks. Father Keller made it his life’s mission to remind people that they have special gifts, and a mission in life all their own. This News Note so beautifully captures the spirit we must adopt in order to make those dreams a reality.
Father Keller was quite fond of a famous statement about attitude by Charles Swindoll, who said:
“The longer I live, the more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude, to me, is more important than facts. It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes, than what other people think, say or do. It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill. It will make or break a company... a church... a home. The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we embrace for that day. We cannot change our past... we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable. The only thing we can do is play the one string we have, and that is our attitude... I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. And so it is with you... we are in charge of our Attitudes.”
The Christophers pray that our outreach continues to embolden people of good will with the positive attitude to make a difference in the world around them.
A special thanks to our donors for making all we do possible. May you and your families be blessed with the peace of Christ during this time of year. Merry Christmas!
Mary Ellen Robinson