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December 2017
Dear Friends,

            The Christophers hope everyone enjoys a blessed Christmas season this year. We recently sent out our latest News Note, “Embracing the Spirit of Christmas,” which is a wonderful reminder of the love that should permeate our hearts during this season of hope and renewal in Christ. Please share this message by requesting extra copies to distribute and give as gifts to friends, loved ones, and anyone in need of an uplifting message.

            December is a special month of devotion to the Virgin Mary, with December 8 being the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and December 12 being the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. In a Light One Candle column being syndicated this month by The Christophers to diocesan newspapers around the country, Father Dougherty highlights the importance of praying for the intercession of Mary and Joseph during this time of year because they remind us of the spirit of expectation we should have during Advent as we prepare our hearts for the coming of Christ.

            Father Dougherty points out that living in expectation of Advent should prepare us to welcome Christ in His most vulnerable state. What a beautiful meditation and one that directs us to see Christ in the poor and suffering during this time of year. It can be such a challenge to reach out to those on the margins of society, a challenge that Elizabeth Kelly of Catholic News Agency recently wrote about in her article “The Blessed Poor,” where she reflects on her concern for a homeless man she sees regularly on her way to work. She doesn’t have a clear answer, only the idea that we can hope together with all those who suffer to “share a world with a resurrected Jesus.” She concludes with this beautiful prayer: 
             Lord, show me how to create “home,” even for a moment, for  those who have none.

We pray for all those who are suffering to find comfort during this Christmas season. We pray that our Christopher friends find peace and joy and that we can continue to work together to create “home” for those in need so that all can live in hope of a shared world with a resurrected Christ.    

In closing, I want to thank you for your generosity, which has kept the Christopher idea alive for so many years. You have already made a difference, so we thank you and wish you God’s choicest blessings during this Christmas season.

Joyfully,

  

Mary Ellen Robinson

Vice President/COO