Following is the message from Fr. Bertagnolli, the rector of Dominic College in Glenorchy, Tasmania to the college community. [Web master]
At this time of the year our attention is focused on the celebration of Christmas. Schools, the primary ones in a special manner, prepare their children with carols and the re-enactment of the story of the birth of Jesus. Parents and families enjoy seeing their little ones dressed up as shepherds and angels – or just simply displaying symbols of the Nativity
A teacher in a school had her young children cut out big capital letters from colourful cardboard. She was going to have the children display each letter to spell the words CHRISTMAS – LOVE. So as the group sang out a letter, each child would come forward and display a letter, in the correct order – beginning with C, then H, and R, I, etc… When the letter M was called out, the child with that letter displayed it upside down (inadvertently), which read W instead of M. There were a few giggles, the mother was embarrassed, some of the children tried to tell the child to turn the letter the other way up; but the teacher very calmly continued to call out the other letters. When the words were complete, the teacher separated gently the word Christ from Mas – which (of course) had become WAS. So now the phrase read: CHRIST WAS LOVE.
And this is indeed what Christmas is all about – CHRIST IS LOVE – Christ, the Son of God, out of love became one of us. Every child should remind us about that. For as long as there is a child born into this world, we can be sure that God still loves us.
I hope that all our celebrations for Christmas and the End of the Year do not overshadow the true meaning of Christmas.
Season’s Greetings and God’s Blessings on all the people associated with Dominic College, from the Salesian Community.
Source: Dominic College