As Provincial of the Salesian Province of Australia-Pacific, I wish you all a very happy and blessed Christmas season, as we mark the coming among us of Christ our Saviour, who is Emmanuel: God–With–Us.
As we celebrate the birth of Jesus in the various centres and presences of the Salesians of Don Bosco and the wider Salesian Family, let us be sincerely thankful for the wonderful grace and treasure that Christ is and will always be for us and our families.
For He is the joy of our hearts, the source of our peace, the priceless gift that gives perennial meaning and significance to all that we are and do in our lives. In this sense, Christ Jesus is not only the ‘reason for the season’, but the ultimate reason for our existence as human beings and for all our efforts and initiatives as ‘Don Bosco in the World’.
So, this Christmas, let us keep our eyes fully focused on Christ our Saviour, ready to do his bidding at all times, but ready also to take up the challenges and responsibilities that he will expect us to shoulder in his name and with his love.
Fr Greg Chambers SDB