Dear Columban Friend,
Christmas blessings to you and your loved ones as we prepare to celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ! The true joy of Christmas is the love of Christ shared with family and friends. May you find His peace, love, and joy in the coming New Year.
During this holy season, we hope you and your loved ones experience the gift of "God with us," as you share food, companionship, and joy in celebration of His coming. We pray that your New Year will be filled with the blessing and peace of His presence.
On that cold winter's night so full of darkness our King was born. Songs of celebration were sung in heaven, warmth visited the earth, and darkness was turned to light. Through your witness and partnership in Columban mission, the message of joy and true community has been proclaimed especially to the "little ones" who were so dear to Jesus during His time on earth.
Since our Society's founding in 1918 and with immense gratitude to the many benefactors like you who have supported us, we have celebrated 100 Christmases with the hungry, the sick, and the poor. In some regions, our shelters closely resembled the stable that provided sanctuary for Mary and Joseph so many years ago. No matter where and in what circumstances Columban missionaries celebrate Christmas, the day is one of celebration and thanksgiving for the birth of Jesus Christ. We always give thanks for your continued prayers and partnership, for it is you who make our work possible.
As we move forward into our second century of mission, one of the lessons that we take with us is that by remaining faithful to our mission in the present moment in whatever place we fi nd ourselves, we are sowing seeds that are likely to bear "fruit that will last" well into our second century of mission and yield a harvest in places far from where we are now planting.
The spark ignited in 1918 continues to fl ame out, touching the hearts of many both here at home and overseas. Columbans everywhere, with gratitude and great joy, thank God for the many, many people whose story is woven into their story. It is the one story—our story—and one we will be telling for a long, long time.
We pray that God, who has given us the gift of His Son, may remain with you and those you love this Christmas and in the year ahead. You and your loved ones are remembered daily in our communities throughout the world.
Gratefully Yours in Christ,
Fr. Tim Mulroy