A Christmas Reflection

December 18th, 2017


 “When we become a Christmas light in someone else’s life, we take the first step in making the world a better place to be.” Joan Chittiter reminds us of our shared optimism for a better and fairer world, implicit in the many messages sent to family, friends, associates and colleagues at Christmas time.

As we conclude our year with its theme of listening ‘with the ear of our heart’, may we all enjoy a peaceful reckoning of our efforts, sharing summer days of rest and relaxation in readiness for a new year of learning and living in community. And so we pray:

Lord of great joy,

Let us celebrate together, knowing that we are imperfect and tired and unsure sometimes,

But that we can renew enthusiasm and commitment as we come together as family, friends and faith communities.

Move us from the quarrels and slights and misunderstandings of the year so that cheer and charity of the Christmas season unfolds in peace and good will to all.

Ever remind us that joy is a free gift that we can give and receive. It is wrapped in love and cannot be refunded.

It is one gift that can be re-gifted again and again.

Lord of great joy,

we thank you and celebrate as your people gathered together in faith.


Ann M. Rennie The Australian Catholic Youth Prayer Journal

Blessings to all for a happy Christmas and New Year,

Mary Fitz-Gerald, Principal