Mary was asked by God to carry and give birth to Jesus, the long awaited Messiah. To truly grasp the significance of the event is an act of faith: God, the Almighty, the Creator, born to live among God’s people not as a king or great ruler but as the son of a regular couple, in a family that might have resembled your family or mine. This reveals a God who understands us and our human foibles.
We are invited every day, just as Mary was invited, to carry Christ within and to bring Christ forth into the world. Our interactions, our decisions, hold the potential of reflecting Christ. What this means will depend on the circumstances of life. A young mother or father may be called to greater patience. An older adult may be called to find moments of gratitude as he or she cares for an ageing parent. Whatever the situation God is present offering strength and peace. Our response, just like Mary’s response to the angel Gabriel, makes the difference.
We invite you to view our newly completed video posted below which highlights the work of our Ignatians West volunteers. Given the pandemic our service model moved from in-person service for many of our volunteers to remote service. We wondered how this would work. With the grace of God and the commitment to service within the heart of each volunteer it has been a success. In addition to having to change the service model we were unable to hold our annual event, the Madonna della Strada Celebration. It is always an enjoyable and well attended event that honors members of the community who model the values of Ignatians West and raises the funds necessary to carry us through each year.
Please consider a donation to Ignatians West as we move into 2021 with great hope for increased service and when the time is right the biggest and best Madonna della Strada Celebration ever!
Wishing you a peaceful and joyful Christmas,