Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus…. “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?” The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.”(Luke 1:30-35)
No matter how hard the secular world tries to dilute, divert and even destroy its true essence, it has not been able to shake off completely the real reason for the Christmas season and celebration which is about God sending His only begotten Son into the world not to condemn the world but to save us all (John 3:16-17). The birth of Jesus….Word made flesh…Divine turned human, Mighty King born impoverished infant is simply the most magnificent gift ever given for the whole humanity for all eternity.
But wait a minute, if Christmas is Jesus’ birthday, then what is OUR gift to the birthday celebrant? Like our Blessed Mother, whose virtues of humility (Proclaim the Greatness of the Lord), obedience (Obey and Witness), prayerfulness and faith (Behold and Ponder) have inspired us the last three years with the trilogy of CFC Marian themes, our prayer is that we generously and sincerely gift our Lord, Savior, Master….and birthday celebrant an open, obedient and humble heart, always ready to give our FIAT in whatever calling and mission He has in store for us in the years to come.
With this wonderful git… The Holy Spirit will come upon us, and the power of the Most High will overshadow us. So the holy one will continue to be very much alive…in our hearts and lives.” So as one united CFC USA family, let us all open our hearts, raise our voices and sing….
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday to you
Happy birthday, dear Jesus.
Happy birthday to you.
And as we extinguish the fourth Advent candle, may the light of the infant Christ shine ever so brightly in our hearts, our families and in our CFC USA family to empower us all not just to love but to LOVE MORE in 2015 and beyond!
Have a most Mary, merry Christmas!
In Christ through Mary,
Your CFCUSA National Council
Ding De Guzman * Jojo Reandelar* Tat Reyes *
Eric Villanueva * Roger Santos * Rod Bustos * Toffee Jeturian