Christmas wishes 2018

I do not know, O Lord, at what hour You will come.
And so I keep con­stant watch and listen
As Your cho­sen bri­de,
Kno­wing that You like to come une­xpec­ted,
Yet, a pure heart will sen­se You from afar, O Lord.
/from the “Dia­ry” of St. Fau­sti­na, no. 1589/

Dear Apo­stles of the Divi­ne Mer­cy!

The time of Advent reminds us each year abo­ut the atti­tu­de of vigil, which is very cha­rac­te­ri­stic for us Chri­stians. We are vigi­lant becau­se we look for­ward to the coming of our Lord and Savior. Howe­ver we do not know when Our Lord will come. We know, that He comes always and that He likes to come unno­ti­ced, in secret, not impo­sing him­self. We are vigi­lant becau­se we do not want to miss Him. We are vigi­lant, that is, we are ready to open the door when He knocks asking for mer­cy … as He knoc­ked on the hearts of the inha­bi­tants of Beth­le­hem.

Let us pray for all of us to have sen­si­ti­ve and vigi­lant hearts, capa­ble of reco­gni­zing our God Who comes. Reco­gni­ze Him like Mary on the day of the Annun­cia­tion like the she­pherds on Chri­st­mas Day, like St. Fau­sti­na, when Jesus, under the guise of a poor young man, came and knoc­ked on our convent door. Reco­gni­ze Him in a sad, suf­fe­ring man who needs our mer­ci­ful word, gestu­re, gaze, help. We belie­ve that then we too will hear the com­for­ting words of Jesus: Come, you who are bles­sed by my Father. Inhe­rit the king­dom… for wha­te­ver you did for one of the­se least bro­thers of mine, you did for me.

For the time of joy­ful cele­bra­tion of the Birth of the Son of God and for eve­ry day of the new year we wish you beau­ti­ful and love-fil­led meetings with Him, Who comes.

Uni­ted in pray­er
Sr. Miriam Janiec, OLM
with the Sisters
from the “Fau­sti­num” Asso­cia­tion

Chri­st­mas, 2018