Recently we celebrated Christmas and welcomed the New Year. Sisters Hospitallers have been very busy with the festivities!. We all love this time of the year, but always without forgetting its meaning. It has been a period for spending time with our loved ones, and celebrating and embracing the light of Christ.
Pope Francis reminded us during his annual “Urbi et Orbi” that “there is darkness in human hearts, yet the light of Christ is greater still”. He spoke about geopolitical and ecological conflicts, because these days help to see what is happening around us too. He ended his speech saying “soften our often stony and self- centred hearts”.
During Christmas, the main focus is probably on children, especially those who are suffering, living in areas of conflict or who are abandoned. Thanks to people’s generosity, these children could have a special time too. We must not forget them during the rest of the year when they still need our help.
Pope Francis also reminded us that God loves all of us, and not only when we act the right way or because we are perfect.
We would like to share with you some photos taken during the Christmas celebrations.
Christ the King Care Home, Shenstone
St Benito Menni Hospital, Dompoase
St Teresa’s Home, London
St Francis Xavier Hospital, Foso
St Augustine’s Home, Addlestone
We hope you all had a great time, we hope you forgot your mobile phone and didn’t take it to your dinner table and that you talked and shared an incredible day with your loved ones. Let’s not forget the Christmas spirit the rest of the year – to pray, work and communicate together.
We look forward to next year!
“Violence is defeated by love, death by life.” Pope Francis”