Archbishop tells children to not let themselves get discouraged by people who are negative
Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller, MSpS, and Auxiliary Bishop Michael Boulette visited St. PJ’s Children’s Home for their annual Christmas liturgy Dec. 10, with the archbishop saying it was an honor to come and celebrate Mass at a community that is very dear to the whole archdiocese.
“We are in this beautiful season called Advent — a time when we prepare for Christmas with the celebration of Jesus’ birth, but also a time when we look ahead with joy to the day when Jesus will come again to gather us all into his arms of love!” Archbishop Gustavo said, adding, “Sometimes we go through hard times. Very hard times.”
The Missionary of the Holy Spirit stressed that when we listen to Jesus, and when we come to him, then the beautiful vision of the prophet Isaiah, that vision of the desert blooming, of the rivers flowing, of the place where there will be joy and gladness, and where tears will be wiped away — that beautiful vision will come to be real. “We will know it!” he exclaimed. “We will live it!”
During Advent, Pope Francis stated, “we are called to enlarge the horizons of our hearts, to be surprised by the life that is presented each day with its newness.”
The San Antonio told the youth that whatever sufferings they have known, whatever deserts they have traveled, whatever sickness has held them, back, let them now turn to Jesus with joy and hope.
“Let this coming Christmas be our day of happiness because of him!” he emphasized. “Let these days before Christmas, our Advent time, be our time to get ready for joy!”