We wish you a peaceful Christmas

23 Dec 2014   |   Blog   |   Syria   |   Emergency Relief

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A Syrian refugee shelters from the cold with her baby

And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn."
Luke 2:7

As we celebrate the birth of Jesus, we must reflect on Joseph and Mary’s journey to seek shelter, safety, peace and security for their unborn child.

In 2014, and with millions of vulnerable families still searching for a peaceful home for their loved ones, at Christmas time their vulnerability is even more poignant.

Fr. Raed Abusahlia, Caritas Jerusalem General Director says, “More than 2,000 years ago on the day of Christmas the angels sang Glory in Heaven and peace on Earth, yet this land where Christ was born never has known peace. This is a mystery.”

“The two questions we constantly ask ourselves are: Why don’t we have peace? And when will we have peace?

“Money and power without love and justice will lead to destruction, not peace. Science and technology without conscience and respect will lead to corruption, not peace. Religion and wisdom without faith and truth will lead to intolerance, not peace.”

“God loves us so much that He became one with us and is in our midst. He is the Prince of Peace therefore there is no excuse for war; this land should become an oasis of peace instead of dispute as we read, ‘the fruit of Justice will be peace and my people will dwell in the beauty of peace’.

“He is the reason of the season; He is the secret of peace.”

On behalf of everyone at Caritas Australia, we would like to thank you for your support, prayers and generosity over the year, and we wish you and your family a peaceful and safe Christmas.

Read more:

Middle East Crisis Appeal

Blog: Gift of peace in the troubled Holy Land

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