Christmas Message 2021

Fr. Araceli

Dear Beloved Basic Education Community!

It will be the second year that we will be celebrating the Christmas season with a very different mood.  Pre-COVID times, our days were filled with seemingly endless parties and merrymaking.  But this year, once again, we continue our festivities in a subdued and restricted manner.

Beyond the usual joyful gatherings that we long for, this season also reminds us that there is goodness in our hearts—goodness that is exemplified by our spirit of giving.  There are two types of people in the world: the giver and the receiver.  In this regard let us all be givers to people we encounter.  We give, not because something is in excess, rather we give because of our love for the receiver.  Pope Francis in his encyclical Fratelli Tutti on Fraternity and Social Friendship says that, “our love for others, for who they are, moves us to seek the best for their lives” (Fratelli Tutti no. 94).

To those who have become recipients of our generous giving, we hope that their Christmas celebration be bright and merry amidst the gloomy realities of our current society. At least on our part, we become the light of Christ illuminating the dark corners of the world.

As we approach the climax of this season’s celebration, which is the birth of Christ on Christmas Day, we help maintain the light of Christ that shines on everyone.  There is always that hope, that with the presence of the young people in our BED community, this spirit will surely endure.

Malipayong Pasko ug Balaanong Bag-ong Tuig sa tanan!

Fr. Al Araceli, SVD