St Beuno’s Outreach in the Diocese of Wrexham, UK, wishes you a blessed and holy Christmas, and a Happy New Year
Whether you’ve been rushed off your feet in the run-up to Christmas, or found time to be quietly prayerful and contemplative, our annual St Beuno’s Outreach Christmas leaflet offers an opportunity to ponder the mystery of the God who is ‘with us’, the God who is revealed in us, and the gifts he brings.
Watch the Christmas story unfold through the eyes of those who were there: Mary, Joseph, the shepherds, the angels, the wise men. The Scriptural texts and images are complemented by a poem entitled ‘The Many disguises of Emmanuel’ by Sr Joyce Rupp OSM. It helps us ponder the varied guises in which Emmanuel, God-with-us, is present among us today in the forgotten, the despised and the rejected.
As you reflect, you may also like to follow this often quoted wise advice:
‘Pray as you can and not as you can’t.’ Dom John Chapman OSB
Some days you may feel all you can do is to snatch a quick prayer based on a line or a phrase from the Gospel, or to consider one of the pictures as you go about your daily activities. Other days you may be able to spend quality time meditating on the mystery of the Incarnation, and this ‘leap from heaven’ which changed everything for ever: for you, for us all. Either way, we invite you to celebrate with joy God’s love, peace and hope, which came into the world at the birth of Jesus, our Emmanuel.