What are you doing with that piece of straw?

The bright-eyed child answered solemnly, “I am making a bed for Baby Jesus. Each time I do something kind for someone or say some prayers, I put a straw in the manger. When I do little things with love it makes the hard bed warm and soft.”

How simple, yet how profound! Love seeks expression. Within each of us there is a longing to go beyond ourselves, to share, to make others happy. It seems that this is never more evident than at Christmastime. Goodwill abounds despite commercialism.

As you give expression to your love during this Christmas season, we respectfully offer you an opportunity of helping “make hard beds warm and soft.” How?

If you could be transported to the crowded streets of India or even its surrounding countryside; if you could journey on foot to the remote villages of Nepal often wading through knee-deep water or visit the hospice patients in the heat of Botswana; if you could go to the homes of the aging poor in Belize, or join a group of volunteers in a disaster relief effort; if you could sit beside an adult trying to learn English as a second language or stand before a group of children as doorways to knowledge are opened; if you could be an observer in a clinic or hospital; or if you could sit quietly with the Sisters in the chapel at Nazareth, then you would know without a doubt that you are making a difference!

During this Advent/Christmas season, would you consider including the ministries of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth in your Christmas giving? Your gift offers warmth and softness where it is needed most. Thank you for whatever you can offer.

Our prayer for you is that God bless you and your family with deep peace this Advent and Christmas season!

Blessings,

Susan Gatz, SCN

President, Sisters of Charity of Nazareth

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