Christmas Message from Father Al Svobodny, OMI

      Recently I read a story about a little African boy named Emmanuel. He was always asking questions. One day he asked his teacher, "What language does God speak?" His teacher scratched his head and said, "I really donít know." So Emmanuel asked the learned people of his village, but they didnít know either. Now he really became curious and traveled around his country asking learned people of other villages. No one could give him the answer. He then set out for other countries and even to other continents, but the answer was always the same. One night, exhausted by his travels, he came to a village called Bethlehem. He tried to get a room in one of the inns but the rooms were all filled up. So he decided to look for a cave outside of town. In the early hours of the morning he finally found one. When he stepped inside the cave he saw it was occupied by a couple and a child. When the young mother saw him, she said, "Welcome, Emmanuel, weíve been expecting you." The boy was stunned. How did this woman know his name? He was even more amazed when she said, "For a long time you have been searching the world over to discover what language God speaks. Now your journey is over. Tonight you see with your own eyes what language God speaks. He speaks the language of love. God so loved the world that He gave His only Son to the world."

      From that day on Emmanuel began to speak the language that God speaks. He began to speak the language of love. He made a beautiful discovery. When you speak the language of love, they begin to speak back to you. And, as Emmanuel made his way back home, you could follow his path because he left behind him a trail of towns and villages where people began to speak the language of love, too.

      He knew something else. He knew that once people began to speak the language of love, wonderful things would begin to happen everywhere. Nations would begin to share their resources and talents with each other. Races would begin treating one another with dignity. Families would begin to live together in harmony and love.

      And so this Christmas, I encourage all readers of the Daily CATHOLIC not only to learn the language of love, but to put it into practice and speak it day in and day out. I guarantee you will be celebrating Christmas every day of your live if you learn the art of this language.

      Please continue to pray for the spiritual success of this most wonderful ministry of MIR-A-CALL Center and its new endeavor - the Daily CATHOLIC. . May God bless you abundantly this Christmas and all through the coming year and may you all receive the wonderful gift of the language of love.

Father Al Svobodny, OMI

December 25, 1997 volume 8, no. 60         DAILY CATHOLIC