In one of his talks via social media, Father Nemo Castelli, S.J., (Chaplain of Fundación Vivienda in Chile) makes me think of the real meaning of Christmas. He said we have failed to remember what and why we celebrate Christmas. We only focus on the food, parties and presents related to Christmas and forget that behind the scenes lies the real meaning and human value of Christmas.
Christmas is one of the most important festivities of Christians. We forgot God was incarnated, entered into our history, and acts in each human being’s heart, wishing all to live the human values of solidarity, union, love, peace and hope as He taught us. He requests we not be afraid; to go forth, to work for a better world in which all of us could live in peace.
The invitation in Christmas is to reflect and shift our lives towards God’s wishes for us. Our hearts and activities should move in the same direction and be able to celebrate together the Nativity of Jesus.
Zandra Schiemann was born in Bogotá, Colombia. Studied Journalism and Social Communications and received a Master’s Degree from Javeriana University of Bogota. She is married with three sons. Zandra currently works as Program Coordinator of Hispanic Ministries at Office of Ignatian Spirituality Maryland and USA Northeast Provinces of Society of Jesus.
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