Dear Parishioners of the Newman Center,

Dear Parishioners of the Newman Center,

A very blessed & merry Christmastide to all of you!

Despite all the maudlin emotional manipulation that surrounds this season, there is some hidden power in this feast that confounds explanation. As G. K. Chesterton put it, “The great majority of people will go on observing forms that cannot be explained; they will keep Christmas Day with Christmas gifts and Christmas benedictions; they will continue to do it; and some day suddenly wake up and discover why.” Part of the reason surely comes from the nature of the Incarnation itself. St. Bernard put it this way: “When God reveals his humanity, his goodness cannot possibly remain hidden.” Whatever joy or grief has come our way, may the piercing beauty of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ take our breath away this Christmas, if even for a moment.

A major joy for us on staff is being available for service to our university students, whether in direct ministry or in support of the brick and mortar operations. We are therefore grateful to all who support this ministry in any way, whether the students themselves, or university faculty and staff, or those who without direct connection to the University of Arizona simply choose to make Newman their spiritual home. Like Christmas, the very existence of a Newman Center parish contains some hidden power that the Lord uses to affect young lives in ways that are both seen, and perhaps more often, invisible and incalculable. There is a divine goodness dwelling here. It appears in your loving faces and generous deeds!

With all our Newman Center staff, I once again wish you a very Merry Christmas and abundant blessings in the New Year, A.D. 2015.

Peace,

Fr. James

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