A time of peace and encounter

December 1, 2019 - 12:00am -- Living City

A time of peace and encounter

From St. John XXIII to Pope Francis: What the recent popes say about Christmas


A time of peace and encounter

What recent popes said about Christmas

“Christmas celebrations are often full of sound. It would be good for us to make room for silence, to hear the ‘voice of Love.’” (2013)

“With the shepherds, let us enter into the real Christmas, bringing to Jesus all that we are, our alienation, our unhealed wounds, our sins.” (2016)

“Peace which the angels proclaimed on Christmas night, is a profound affirmation for everyone, for each individual and all peoples, and especially for those who most keenly suffer its absence.” (2017)

“Advent is a time for us to prepare for the coming Jesus, Prince of Peace. It’s a time to make peace with ourselves and our neighbors.” (2018)

“By contemplating God, who became a child, radiating light from the humility of the crib, we can also become witnesses to humility, tenderness and goodness.” (2018)

Pope Francis


“The mystery of the Holy Night, which historically happened 2,000 years ago, must be lived as a spiritual event in the ‘today’ of the liturgy, the Word who found a dwelling in Mary’s womb comes to knock on the heart of every person with a singular intensity this Christmas.” (1999)

St. John Paul II


“We consider Christmas as the encounter, the great encounter, the historical encounter, the decisive encounter, between God and mankind. He who has faith knows this truly; let him rejoice.” (1965) 

St. Paul VI


Christmas means to all the certainty that nothing of people’s goodwill is lost in whatever they perform in goodwill, perhaps without being entirely aware of it, for the coming of God’s kingdom on earth and in order that the city of man may be modeled after the city of God. 

Ah, the city — the city of God — which St. Augustine hailed as resplendent with the truth that saves, with the charity that gives life and with the eternity that reassures.” (1959)

St. John XXIII


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