Cardinal’s Christmas message to children


The Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Cormac-Murphy O’Connor, has released a Christmas message to children to coincide with the launch of a new online resource about the season. It is as follows:

‘My dear children,

You are very precious to Jesus and he loves you very much, and so does his Church.

Christmas is a time when we draw close to Jesus in the manger at Bethlehem and celebrate his birth. During the school holidays, spend some time with him, talk with him, share your joys and the things that worry you. He will be so happy to see you and to listen. Don't be afraid, and in the silence, listen to what he is saying to you.

But remember, don't keep the wonderful gift of knowing him to yourself! Be courageous, through your kind words and actions, and in telling your friends of his presence in your life. On the Yfaith website you'll be able to find ideas about how to do this.

Saint Paul wrote in a letter to the Philippians (2: 15), "shine like stars in the universe". This Christmas, be a shining star, just like the one that led the kings to the stable all those years ago. Let the light of Jesus shine through you. It's not hard. Just say “yes” as Mary did, and Jesus will do the rest.

In a special way children, you will be in my thoughts and prayers as I celebrate Mass this Christmas. Let's pray for one another. Do remember me in prayers when you go to Mass in your own parish.

God bless you and thank you for all that you are.’

Father Cormac

His Eminence, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, Archbishop of Westminster