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Archbishop Cupich sends Christmas greetings

By Chicago Catholic
December 28, 2015

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, a Blessed Christmas to you all. My greeting comes at a time marked by sad and troubling news for our city, our nation and our world.

The joyful news of Christmas competes in these days with stories of street violence in our city, of wars, conflicts and acts of terrorism throughout the world including in our own nation.

As people of faith, we must read these "signs of the times." As we do, so Christmas gives us a proper perspective: the sadness of violence and war does not have the last word. God has come to save us, for we cannot save ourselves. The savior born to us raises us up from darkness and brings us into his own wonderful light.

One of the Christmas readings taken from Paul's letter to Titus says this:

When the kindness and generous love of God our savior appeared,not because of any righteous deeds we had done but because of his mercy, he saved us" (Ti 3:4-5).

We hear those words "because of his mercy," especially as we celebrate the Jubilee of Mercy this year. The challenge for us is not just to believe that God is merciful, but also to believe that God is merciful to us and that God is blessing us with his mercy precisely at this very moment, and in the limited circumstances of our lives and relationships. When we accept that mercy, we will be transformed and become the merciful light of God in a dark and cold world. Then, our own works of mercy will, in turn, bring hope, healing, and renewal, just as God's mercy has done for us.

May God bless you and your families with his mercy and enable you to be the hands of his mercy in our world.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Reverend Blase J. Cupich

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  • cardinal cupich
  • christmas

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