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Christmas Message from Pastor Father Nova Garcon

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The Parishioners, above all the children of our Lady of the Rosary of Sapaterre and I come to say Merry Chrismas to the members of the abcforhaiti and the donators. It is the occasion for me to give thanks to everyone from you who opens his heart and hands to love and share. Thanks for the monthly check, the sewing machines, the money to set up the schools, the help for 27 children of the primary school and for 4 students at the university.

 While we are celebrating Christmas, I take the voice of the children of my parish to say thanks for your participation to the party of tomorrow (sunday 22th of December). They will be about 200 at the Church Yard, after mass. They will sing, danse. They will have food and we will give gifts to about 50 of them ( we don’t have enough gifts for all of them). I will send pictures of the children, singing, dancing and playing. They  bring hope in their heart, they want to live and they dream of a better life. But  let me tell you that life is not easy for them. Your generosity toward them will bring blessings of God upon you.

 Merry Chrismas and happy new year.

 God bless you.

 Fr Nova and the children of our Lady of the Rosary Parish of Sapaterre, Haïti.

A Christmas Meditation

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We all know the Christmas Story and how Our Lord Jesus was born in a manager and the first to come and adore were the poor shepherds.  I’d like to put a new twist on how we think of the poverty of Jesus.

Jesus, Son of God, Second Person of the Holy Trinity, chose to be incarnate of a Virgin and became man.  Choosing to become one of us, to understand us, to know what we go through, to live the challenges we live every day.  I am reminded of a recently popular television show called Undercover Boss where the CEO of a major corporation, who lives the good life of upper management decides to go undercover and spend time actually living the life of a worker for his/her organization.  Usually an eye opening experience for all involved.

                What does this have to do with Christmas and the incarnation of Our Lord?  At the end of the show those who are doing a good job are rewarded and very often given promotions and positions of responsibility.  In my meditation today I was guided to compare this television presentation with the promotions and positions Our Lord has left us.

                During His lifetime He gave us examples of how we should live and care for each other.  He left us a legacy, a promotion, a position of responsibility that must be passed on from generation to generation.  Jesus no longer walks this earth as a human being, but, he does walk among us in the presence of the poor and those who have.  He is present in each of us in a very specific way, with I believe a very specific mission for each of us.  In His humanity he showed us Love for others through his healing of the sick, raising the dead, the deaf could hear, the lame were able to walk, the mute to speak and he forgave the sinner.  He gave us our mantra “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and soul, and mind and Love your neighbor as you love yourself.”

                In my work with the poor in Haiti I can now see two sides of the coin so to speak.  The poor, not only in Haiti but around the world and in our own backyards are blessed in a special way as we too are blessed.  My experience is many poor have great faith and hope in the love of others and rely on our charity, because I believe they see the Christ in us.  Yes, we can probably come up with a million reasons why someone is poor – but I remind you “judge not lest you be judged”.  We are all blessed in a different way.  You and I may be blessed with certain intellectual advantages that provide us the positions in the work force that allow us to have the financial resources to provide our families with a nice home, clean and safe water, proper clothing, electronics in our homes, the ability to purchase many items we want, vs. what we actually need as well as the ability to experience life outside our immediate environments etc.  This list of blessings goes on and on.

                He also left us this message “do unto others as you would have them do to you”.  We often think of this as how we treat those who would mistreat us.  I say to you, Jesus gave us the perfect example in how He treated everyone He met.  Jesus never held back from anyone in need.  He gave everything for us, even His life.  All the blessings He received from the Father were given to our salvation.

                For those of us who He has blessed with an abundance of gifts; He asks us to be His hands and feet in our world.  To provide for those in need, physically, emotionally, spiritually and financially.

                My dear brothers and sister I ask you in these next few days leading up to the celebration of the Birth of Our Savior, take some time to contemplate your many blessings and ask yourself, do others in need deserve the same blessings I have?  If the answer is yes;  ask yourself, what will I do to help make that a reality in my family, my community and in our world in general!

                Brothers and Sisters, on behalf of all of us at ABC for Haiti continue to pray that you are abundantly blessed physically, emotionally, spiritually and financially and your generosity to the poor of our world will lead you to the great gifts of an abundance of Faith, Hope, and Charity.

                One last temporal comparison – when you buy a box of Dunkin’ Donuts, in big bold red and green letters is says “SHARE”.  Let us continue to share our blessings by letting our family and friends know of our love and support for those in need.

A Blessed and Merry Christmas to All

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