A Christmas message from Bishop Francis Duffy

Bishop Francis Duffy. Photo: Michelle Ghee. www.gphotos.ie

Bishop Francis Duffy. Photo: Michelle Ghee. www.gphotos.ie

  • by Bishop Francis Duffy, Ardagh & Clonmacnois

“St Luke wrote, “As for Mary, she treasured all these things and pondered them in her heart” (Lk 2: 19).

It is an image of Mary in the midst of all the excitement and the danger, quietly recognising that something special was happening to her and to her son.

We often reflect on what we treasure: our spouses, our children, our parents and those who are very close to us, they are our treasures and they impact on our hearts.

Sometimes our treasure is gone: bereavement can leave us feeling empty. The absence of family members who are abroad can leave our Christmas celebration incomplete.

Many people think about Jesus in Bethlehem and wonder what this tells us about God and about being human?

It has to do with the treasure that God is to us, the treasure that we are to God and the treasure that we can be to each other. I hope that the message of Christmas will us bring peace and joy and help us treasure what is important. Happy Christmas to all.”




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