The Metropolitan Archbishop of Freetown, His Grace Edward Tamba Charles, and the Priests of the Archdiocese of Freetown extend their warmest Christmas’s and New Year’s greetings to all Catholics, Christians and non-Christians as we approach 2018 with hope and a promise of renewal for peace and prosperity in Sierra Leone, Africa, and around the world.
Freetown, Sierra Leone
By Reverend Father Peter Konteh
Praying as community of priests in our beloved Archdiocese, will help us to be a community open to listening.
Despite the noises of the world, which drown out our personal voices and needs, there is a deep desire in each of us to return to the wellspring of life and to hear His voice telling us who we are.
When we come together in prayer, we bring ourselves together to hear God’s voice, calling us by name – telling us of His love that was lavished on us even before we were born.
At the heart of an intimate relationship with God is a desire to listen to Him.
Welcome every morning with a smile. Look on the new day as another special gift from your Creator, another golden opportunity to complete what you were unable to finish yesterday. Be a self-starter. Let your first hour set the theme of success and positive action that is certain to echo through your entire day. Today will never happen again. Don’t waste it with a false start or no start at all. You were not born to fail.
Our Christian joy never fades, because it springs from a living relationship with Christ. That is why the Christmas tree is evergreen – a sure sign that our hope is enduring. Our Christian joy gets more intense as we advance in the spiritual life. That is why the vestments today are rose-colored, symbolizing the threshold of sunrise in the morning.
Our Christian joy, like goodness, is self-replicating – the more we give the more we gain for ourselves. This is the reason we exchange gifts at Christmas, as a measure of goodwill and solidarity with our brothers and sisters. This is joy unspeakable – the joy of hope, and Christ is its source. On the first Christmas Christ came to fulfil his father’s plan for a broken humanity. This Christmas he wants to come into our hearts for the same reason, to make his dream for our lives come true.
About the Author:
Reverend Father Peter Konteh is a Sierra Leonean Catholic priest based in Freetown, Sierra Leone.