The 26 days of Advent of this year seem to have been too long. In the Curia we have begun to breathe the air of Christmas. On 5 December, missionaries studying in the different universities in Rome, came to the Curia for their traditional meeting with the Superior General.

The Eucharist of the Second Sunday of Advent had a strong orientation to what the Christmas celebration must mean for us as we prepare during Advent.  The Superior General, in his  homily, exhorted all to take into account the situation of the poor and humble of the land, helping them to reach that messianic world of justice and peace without forgetting that the kingdom requires the courage of the cross, pointed to in the embodiment of Christ in Bethlehem.

After the Eucharist we shared lunch in the dining room of the Curia in a friendly and festive way, as can be seen in the second part of the video.   The Superior General extended his personal greetings, as well as greetings  from the entire Council and Curia, to those away from their provinces, in Rome preparing for future tasks in service to the common mission.

Afterward Brother Joseph’s creativity brought us the nativity scene and Christmas trees. Secretariat staff also prepared their own. So all in the house feel the nearness of the feast. And from this proximity comes our Christmas greetings to the Congregation of the Mission and all the Vincentian Family.

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