Too often however we are reluctant to share this Good News and that is just fine with our secular culture for they don’t want reminders of this event anyways in the public square. For many in our current day society Advent and the arrival of the Prince of Peace are not a welcomed part of the celebration; no, for many it is about “Black Friday” and the opportunity to engage in festive self-indulgence, not about an Infant destined to be our Savior. The best weapon the Devil has is our reluctance to share our experience of God. Yet, like the two women kibitzing in a small village in Judah we are called to share our own personal experiences of God. In but a few short days we will come together as family, as a faith community to commemorate an event which changed the world. We will recall the birth of a Child who changed the world forever, and we are called to do likewise. As Blessed John Paul II noted in Familiaris Consortio, “the Christian family is called upon, like the 'large-scale church,' to be a sign of unity to the world, and in this way to exercise its prophetic role by bearing witness to the kingdom and peace of Christ, toward which the whole world is journeying.” Our beloved departed brother in Christ, Pope John Paul II noted further in the same document that the family is the “most effective means for humanizing and personalizing society.” There is no better means by which to make this world a better place than from within our very family. So in what few days remains in this Advent season let His message of peace begin with each one of us now and in the New Year. Let us follow the example of Saint Peter Canisius whose life we celebrate today by giving witness to the Good News in our example and in our words. Make a great day!
Today we recall the good life, gifts, and works of Saint Peter Canisius. “If the princes and rulers of this world are privileged to make merry over the sons of their flesh, what a mountain of reasons we have for exulting over the birth of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, our Savior!”