Christmas week is so jarring: it begins with great joy at the birth of Our Lord, but then the following days mark executions of martyrs and innocents. Mary is rejoicing for the birth of her son, while Rachel cries for her fallen children. Both are still created in God’s love.
Think about how families are “dysfunctional.” If you think this applies to yours, welcome to the family! The wonder of the savior born among us this season brings hope and consolation for all those who have been blessed to be a part of a family.
How do you make sense of this week?
O Heavenly Father, we pray for peace in our souls and for the souls of those suffering. Amen.
Father Willy Raymond, C.S.C. is President of Holy Cross Family Ministries. He entered Holy Cross Fathers in 1964. He earned a Bachelors in Philosophy from Stonehill College in 1967 and a Masters in Theology from the University of Notre Dame in 1971. In addition to English, Father Willy is conversant in French and Spanish. He's a native of Old Town, Maine and one of 12 children. He remains a diehard fan of the Boston Red Sox, even though he has served as Chaplain for the Los Angeles Dodgers.