Hopefully we all had a lovely Christmas and New Year and were able to capture something of the hope and beauty of this lovely season.  Indeed – how much we need a sense of hope and beauty right now as not only did Christmas dawn in a world marked by violence, pain and suffering but already the early days of January have been filled with terror and death.  At this time of year, as I have written in a previous post, I love to reflect on the words of Howard Thurman: “When the star in the sky is gone, when the Kings and Princes are home, when the shepherds are back with their flocks, the work of Christmas begins.   To find the lost, to heal the broken, to feed the hungry, to release the prisoner, to teach the nations.  To bring Christ to all, to make music in the heart.”  Today more than ever we need to bring the message of Christmas to our world: “Peace on earth and goodwill to all…”  Let us pray and work without ceasing for peace with justice for all people and indeed the whole of creation…



  1. Maryrose fcJ Says:

    Thank you, Clare, for this beautiful and timely message. Our parish priest, Fr Brendan Reed gave a most inspiring homily on Sunday, urging us to “focus on the person of Jesus.”He also told us that there is conflict or war of some kind going on at present in at least 60 different countries.I endorse your appeal; let us pray and work for justice and peace.

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