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They saw the child with Mary his mother.

Our General Directress' Christmas greeting

The Father Kolbe Missionaries and Volunteers of the Immaculata wish you a Holy Christmas and a serene New Year, rich in mercy, peace, and joy! 

When Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, in the days of King Herod, behold, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, “Where is the newborn king of the Jews? We saw his star at its rising and have come to do him homage.” … They were overjoyed at seeing the star, and on entering the house they saw the child with Mary his mother. They prostrated themselves and did him homage. Then they opened their treasures and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. 
(Matthew 2:1-2,10-11).

Dear friends,

A mother and her child: an icon of infinite tenderness on which the gaze of those seeking truth and a new world rests. The wise men from the East are an emblem of humanity from every time, walking toward the light of the star, a dream, an ideal that can give meaning to one's life. Arriving in Bethlehem they joyfully observe the scene before them and recognize that they have reached the end of their travels and the fulfillment of the expectations in their hearts. They offer their gifts to the Baby, held tight in the arms of Mary: the gold of a king, the myrrh of humanity, and the frankincense of God. The mystery long searched for is now revealed and they recognize greatness in weakness, glory in simplicity, divinity in humanity.

Dear friends, on the road of life, I wish each of you "to arrive in Bethlehem" and to recognize in the Child Jesus the infinite goodness of God. He chose to dwell in our humanity, to live with us and among us. This truth opens us to hope and makes us look at life with different eyes: it makes us see seeds of good where others see warnings of misfortune; it makes us see the faces of brothers and sisters where others find only enemies; it makes us open the door of the house and that of the heart where others create enclosures.
God starts again from Bethlehem, from Love that becomes small and poor, and gives us new eyes to see the beauty that is in us and around us.

With these thoughts I wish each of you the joy of encountering God and letting him encounter you.

A Blessed Christmas and Serene New Year, 

Giovanna Venturi

General Directress and the Missionaries