Christmas Message from Sister Mary Lucy Astuto

      It is with great joy and sincerity of heart that I extend to you my warmest wishes for a healthy, happy and holy Christmas, Christmas Season, and New Year. I love this time of year! I love it not because it is a time of giving presents and the hustle and bustle of the season. Actually, I think I could pretty much forego most of that! As I grow older I would just as soon not get caught up in the materialistic side of Christmas.

      I love this time of year because we remember the most special Baby ever to be born. Remembering Jesus as just a Little One, so weak and dependent on His Mother Mary and foster Father Joseph, born in a cold cave with the breath of animals to keep Him warm is to remember how far God is willing to "stoop" to show His Love for us.

      As I hear the Christmas music which brings to memory the secure feelings of my childhood at Christmas, and when I see homes and businesses decorated for the Christmas Season, I tell Jesus: "Lord, I donít know if everyone who is commemorating Christmas is doing it for YOU, but I offer all of these musical notes and beautiful lights to You that YOU may be glorified and loved especially during this time. Thank You for coming to save us."

      Wonít you join me in this prayer so that the REAL meaning of Christmas will not be lost in economics. Just look for my column every Friday. Hopefully it will help make your weekend just a little bit brighter. May the Star of Bethlehem shine ever bright everyday of your life for He truly is the Light. May the Christ-Child bless you and yours with every blessing of which you have need. Peace in Him! God bless you!

Sister Mary Lucy Astuto

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