HOLY LAND, Maria Fischer •
“And our heart tonight is in Bethlehem, where the Prince of Peace continues to be rejected by the losing logic of war, with the roar of weapons that also today prevent him from finding an inn in the world (cf. Lk 2:7),” Pope Francis told us on Christmas Eve. Not only our heart, I thought. Also our name. Our names, sent during Advent (or already before) to the monks of Dormitio Abbey in Jerusalem, who, as they did years ago, wrote these names on a large parchment that they would take, on Christmas Eve itself, to the grotto of Bethlehem. To the place where Jesus was born… “for my house, for my city, for my people, for the whole world,” as we pray with Blessed Cardinal Eduardo Pironio. —
As always, on schoenstatt.org we spread the “Christmas Campaign” of the Benedictines. During my visit to Argentina, on our way to the Children’s House in Florencio Varela, I shared it with Gabriela Sarquis. What a joy to learn a few days before Christmas that she really managed to write down the names of all 300 children of the Casa del Niño. These 300 children who with so much love prepared the Christmas tree for the Child Jesus found themselves on Christmas Eve in Bethlehem… surrounding the Child like those simple shepherds on that Holy Night… With them, my recently deceased uncle, his widow on her first Christmas without him after 60 years, my brothers and nephews, my friends, the faithful collaborators of schoenstatt.org, my co-workers (none of them Christian but in need of Christ…).
In the early hours of Christmas morning, December 25, I find in my mailbox a greeting from the Holy Land. And without much further ado, I share it for those who sent their names and those of their loved ones and for those who did not and who perhaps will do so in 2024.
We will publish, in October 2024, the details of the Christmas Campaign 2024.
Original: Spanish. Translation: Maria Fischer @schoenstatt.org