WASHINGTON, D.C. – His Excellency, the Most Reverend Timothy P. Broglio, J.C.D., Archbishop for the United States Military Services, issued the following statement on the occasion of Christmas, 2014.
Archbishop Broglio said:
“A helpless Infant in a manger is the classic image of the Christmas message. It is the way that the Father chose to make the definitive revelation of His love to us. Almighty God chose to reveal His glory to us and assure our salvation by beginning with the birth of a baby.”
“That mystery is fundamental to what we celebrate in the Christmas Season. The Word becomes flesh to save us and shows us the perfection to which each person is called. It is not merely a lesson, but a lived experience and we are invited to become participants, to enter into the mystery of divine love. It is for all. There is not, never has been, and never will be anyone not saved by Christ.”
“Is that not the essence of the mercy of God, about which Pope Francis speaks so often? Is that not the basic principle behind St. Paul’s admonition to preach the truth in love? Have we not all been called to be witnesses of love and truth in the thousands of words, deeds, and thoughts that are ours?”
“For this reason as your Archbishop I am pleased to have another opportunity to send you my personal greetings. Having faithful spread across the globe in the service of our Country means that occasions to gather physically in one place as an Archdiocese are very limited, but in the mystery of the Eucharist, we are united in that one sacrifice which knows no separation in time or space. You will certainly be with me at the altar in Japan where I plan to spend the last days of Advent and the first ones of the Christmas Season. For many decades the liturgical Station of this Archdiocese has been with those deployed.”
Read the Winter 2014 issue of Salute.