Dear Friends and Benefactors of the Mission of Don Bosco,
As I send you my Christmas wishes, the words of the Gospel of Matthew 2: 10 -11 come to my mind.
‘They were overjoyed at seeing the star, and on entering the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother…Then they opened their treasures and offered Him gifts of Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh.’
Throughout this year, you have been looking at the star and you saw the Child Jesus in the poor, the destitute and the marginalized. You have opened your hearts and offered your gifts in your own little way as you recognized the Child Jesus in your needy brothers and sisters… ‘as long as you did this to the least of my brethren…you did it to me’ and that is what you hear him say to you.
The season of Christmas evokes dreams of peace and joy, of the warmth of family ties and tender love and these are the sentiments that we try to make present in our institutions that serve the poor and the marginalized. Their difficult situations draw them to us because they know that in our institutions they will find someone who “cares”. Be sure that whatever we can do to express this loving care is made possible through the thoughtful assistance of good friends like you.
Together with all those in our care, our seminarians and we Salesians thank God on bended knee for you and we pray that His Love, Peace, Joy and His abundant blessings be upon you and your dear ones during this Christmas season. You will be specially remembered and prayed for during all our Christmas services here in the Shrine.
May Christmas be a wonderful family celebration for you and may you be blessed by our Generous God and protected by his Blessed Mother throughout 2020.
A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you all!
Yours sincerely and gratefully,