There is something about the Christmas season that brings out the deepest emotions.

At Christmas, lovers become more loving, happy people shine with joy, the lonely become lonelier and the sad become sadder. Why?

Even psychiatrists and sociologists are unable to completely unlock the secret of Christmas pleasure and Christmas pain.

Those of us who are Christians know that love, peace and joy all come to us from God.

We know that the Christ Child is the embodiment of joy and the greatest symbol of the gift of “life.” The Christ Child represents the wondrous miracle of birth. . . the wonders of creation. . . the sanctity of human life.

Mary, Joseph and the Christ Child are the Holy Family. Christmas reminds us of the value of the family and the role of the family in God’s plan for the redemption of mankind. Christmas reminds us of the life-giving, nurturing gift of motherhood, the role of father as guide and protector.

Indeed, we as Christians have so much to celebrate at Christmas!

For many, there is a dark cloud hanging over the Christmas season. May mourn the loss of their loved ones, and miss those from whom they are separated.

Howmany mothers this Christmas will mourn the loss of their child by abortion?

How many fathers? How great must be the pain of those who lost a child because they allowed fear to cloud the reality of abortion–the killing of an innocent preborn human being.

Joseph and Mary both knew fear. Mary risked stoning and humiliation and carried Christ through one of the most difficult pregnancies ever.

Joseph had to swallow his pride, risk embarrassment and judgement from those around him. Mary and Joseph had to escape and travel and suffer hardship in order to fulfill the will of God and the birth of the Saviour of the World.

Let us pray during this Christmas season that those who have had abortions or who have participated in abortion actively or through their silence will find forgiveness and peace. Let us pray that women contemplating abortion will find comfort and courage in the Birth of Christ and the example of Mary and Joseph. Let the Holy Family inspire them to turn hadship and fear into faith and joy as they give birth to a beautiful child made in the image and likeness of Almighty God.

Let us pray that this Christmas season be a time for life, love and joy for one and all.