Reflect on these thoughts shared by Pope Francis in his Christmas message

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Here are excerpts from the Holy Father Francis’ 2016 Christmas Message and Urbi et Orbi Blessing.

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Today [Christmas 2016] the Church once again experiences the wonder of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Saint Joseph and the shepherds of Bethlehem, as they contemplate the newborn Child laid in a manger: Jesus, the Savior.

On this day full of light, the prophetic proclamation resounds:


“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given. And the government will be upon his shoulder; and his name will be called “Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” (Is 9:6)

“The power of this Child, Son of God and Son of Mary, is not the power of this world, based on might and wealth; it is the power of love. It is the power which created the heavens and the earth, which gives life to all creation: to minerals, plants and animals; it is the force which attracts man and woman, and makes them one flesh, one single existence; it is the power which gives new birth, pardons faults, reconciles enemies, and transforms evil into good. It is the power of God. This power of love led Jesus Christ to strip himself of his glory and become man; it led him to give his life on the cross and to rise from the dead. It is the power of service, which inaugurates in our world the Kingdom of God, a kingdom of justice and peace.

“For this reason, the birth of Jesus was accompanied by the angels’ song as they proclaimed: “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace among men with whom he is pleased!” (Lk 2:14)

Today this message goes out to the ends of the earth to reach all people, especially those scarred by war and harsh conflicts that seem stronger than the yearning for peace.

Peace to men and women in the war-torn land of Syria, where far too much blood has been spilled. Above all in the city of Aleppo, site of the most awful battles in recent weeks, it is most urgent that assistance and support be guaranteed to the exhausted civil populace, with respect for humanitarian law. It is time for weapons to be still forever, and the international community to actively seek a negotiated solution, so that civil coexistence can be restored in the country.

Peace to women and men of the beloved Holy Land, the land chosen and favored by God. May Israelis and Palestinians have the courage and the determination to write a new page of history, where hate and revenge give way to the will to build together a future of mutual understanding and harmony. May Iraq, Libya and Yemen — where their people suffer war and the brutality of terrorism — be able once again to find unity and concord.

Peace to the men and women in various parts of Africa, especially in Nigeria, where fundamentalist terrorism exploits even children in order to perpetrate horror and death. Peace in South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, so that divisions may be healed and all people of good will may strive to undertake the path of development and sharing, preferring the culture of dialogue to the mindset of conflict.

Peace to women and men who, to this day, suffer the consequences of the conflict in Eastern Ukraine, where there is urgent need for a common desire to bring relief to the civil population and to put into practice the commitments which have been assumed.

We implore harmony for the dear people of Colombia, which seeks to embark on a new and courageous path of dialogue and reconciliation. May such courage also motivate the beloved country of Venezuela to undertake the necessary steps to put an end to current tensions, and build together a future of hope for the whole population.

Peace to all who, in different areas, are enduring sufferings due to constant dangers and persistent injustice. May Myanmar consolidate its efforts to promote peaceful coexistence and, with the assistance of the international community, provide necessary protection and humanitarian assistance to all those who gravely and urgently need it. May the Korean peninsula see the tensions it is experiencing overcome in a renewed spirit of cooperation.

Peace to those who have lost a person dear to them as a result of brutal acts of terrorism that have sown fear and death into the hearts of so many countries and cities.

Peace — not merely the word, but a real and concrete peace — to our abandoned and excluded brothers and sisters, to those who suffer hunger and to all the victims of violence. Peace to exiles, migrants and refugees, to all those who in our day are subject to human trafficking. Peace to the people who suffer because of the economic ambitions of the few, because of the sheer greed and the idolatry of money, which leads to slavery. Peace to those affected by social and economic unrest, and to those who endure the consequences of earthquakes or other natural catastrophes.

Peace to the children, on this special day on which God became a child, above all those deprived of the joys of childhood because of hunger, wars or the selfishness of adults.

Peace on earth to men and women of goodwill, who work quietly and patiently each day, in their families and in society, to build a more humane and just world, sustained by the conviction that only with peace is there the possibility of a more prosperous future for all.

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Pope Francis, after the first part of his message then gave the Urbi et Orbi Blessing.

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  1. 27 Dec 2016
    “Profound”

    Before I came to know the Lord, I use to think and reason to myself that I’m okay, I’m not that bad of a person …. But at what basis? At what measure?

    You’ll see, the danger with this is that the measurements I used is my own.

    Romans 3:10 as it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one;

    But God is so good because a day came “Someone” so Good entered my life.
    A short story below is a good picture and speaks much about my personal experience.

    “Once there was husband and wife. They were so filthy in their home. They don’t clean their surroundings and their house is so dusty and disarray.

    One day, the wife went to the market and saw a beautiful pot of flowers. It captivated her, bought it and brought it home.
    She showed to her husband and they both loved it and agreed to put it in center table in living room.
    As they admiringly gaze at it , the husband noticed the dusty table cloth. “Honey”, I think we need to clean the table cloth as it ruins the whole thing. “Yes”, you’re right “hon”, let me wash it. The wife washed and cleaned and put it back. Then the wife noticed the scratched and dirty floor. No worries on that one dear, said the husband, I’ll wax and scrub the floor. So shiny now both of them seating on the sofa. Then the curtains came to the picture. Dear, why not change as well the curtains as I remembered it was white when we first put it there, now it turned brown.

    This process went on and on until the whole house turned class A.. So tidy and clean”.

    Why is this possible?When did it start? Something so good entered their home as in the case of the story ” a beautiful pot of flowers”.

    That “Someone” so Good profoundly entered my life is non other than Jesus Christ. With Him, the ripple effect of change took place as well.
    Like a work in progress,
    there are things in my life I realized it doesn’t belong there anymore..
    He not only forgave me and set me free, but gave me hope and future.

    Galatians 2:20 I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I that live, but Christ living in me: and that life which I now live in the flesh I live in faith, the faith which is in the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself up for me.

    If your heart is ready for Him,
    Let’s pray:

    Father God, thank You for sending Your Son Jesus. I believe that you sent Him to claim back what is rightfully Yours. I say yes to Jesus, I say yes to Your plan of redemption. I accept Jesus as Lord and Saviour of my life. Holy Spirit, fill me, lead me and empower me on this journey and help me know and be like Jesus more and more as I walk in His ways. In Jesus name. Amen.

    If you pray this prayer for the first time and if you genuinely accepted Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior in your heart.
    Congratulations! You just entered a relationship with Him.
    He’s longing for you, pray to Him. Read His Word with hunger.

    This is the best decision you ever made and a great way to start the New Year and a new life.

    Claiming a great year ahead and much more for all.

    Heavenward in Jesus!

  2. I just wondering what the Pope will think of all these things happen in Manila:
    1. A mother lay on the street breastfeed her child on the street of manila, people just walk past and ignore them.
    2. A homeless man wash his face and body from a sewage water , a man wash his car in front of his house refuse to to give him water .
    3. A poor lady walk into a shopping centre with her children , a weathy lady walk past delibrately look down on her to humiliate her.

    You all can see why America didnt help Philipine the last 50 years. Australia run out of priest to perform mass each week and wedding but they didnt invite Philipine priest to Australia.

    It time the Philipine people need to have a good look at themself, what the point of going to church each week?

    Most country in South east Asia using motorbike to travel around. Philipine people happy to wait for Jeepney, Tricycle, Bus, taxi, private driver to take them home. What is that tell you about the people. They life depend on other people , they dont want to stand on their on two feet.

    If anyone in Vietnam like the Philipine people, they face abuse from family, friend and society. ” A useless people, it good that they die early and let others come into the world and live”

    You all can see why America has no chance in Vietnam. The people bounce merica like a ball take adavantage of the poor nation for themself.

    Philipine education need to teach people has independent mind not depend on anyone include their family. Unless they are disable or sick.