To the editor:
“For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy” (Luke 1, 44).
Christmas is the beginning of God’s history of love with us. God rejoices in coming to be one with us. Yet, this history is full of contradictions as we witness to human beings destroying nature. In 2007 the church in Brazil will be reflecting on the preservation of the environment, with a special focus on the Amazon.
Celebrating Jesus’ birth this year, we dream of a rebirth of healing ways to relate to the Universe. May we offer to Jesus the gift of opening our hearts to right relationships with all God’s creation, becoming good stewards of what God entrusted to us. May the Holy Spirit grant us the gifts of love of neighbor and compassion to the suffering as we joyfully celebrate God’s presence amongst us. We, the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Brazil Mission, celebrate in gratitude for all the support we have received from the people of the Diocese of Rochester throughout the years. Thank you, Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year! Obrigada! Feliz Natal e Feliz Ano Novo!
Sisters of St. Joseph