Transcript for Remembering the Reason for the Christmas Season
Now I had a chance to talk about the deeper meaning of Christmas with a spokesman for the Vatican. Father Thomas rosaca. Merry Christmas. Merry Christmas to you. The pope inaugurated this year of mercy and called Christmas the feast of god's infinite mercy. That's right and called Christmas a feast of tenderness, mercy, kindness, goodness. This has been a consistent theme in pope Francis' message from beginning but Christmas more than anything when you stop and look at the whole story, its origins, the simplicity, the vulnerability of god, the way that god chose to enter the world, it really is not a form of con descension but tenderness and mercy reminds me of pope Francis meeting with the families in Philadelphia and gives that incredible teaching on a Saturday night and said where did gauze choose to send his son, to be in a business or big enterprise or send him to some factory and office building, no, he sent him to a family because the family was the source of love and a family that had its doors open, what a very powerful message especially for this Christmas. And what a jolt the pope sent on his mission here to America this year. It was almost thrilling. It was a great gift to the people of America, but also to the people of the world. I mean you and I both covered it. We were there moment by moment and as I think back to those moments entering the congress of the United States, speaking at the united nations, ground zero, who could ever forget those kids that were singing about peace. I mean, pope Francis brought us all back to our origins and called us to our greatness then, of course, when he mentioned those four individuals in his address, the special session of congress, I had tears in my eyes, you know, who would think that you hear the pope, the pope of the holy see speaking about Dorothy day and Abraham Lincoln and martin Luther king and calling us back to who we are. What a gloss on American history that speech was. What do you think the impact has been? On many different levels, there's been impacts. I had the privilege of being with the pope every day during the month of October during the synod of bishops and referred to that visit. For him he was touched by the simplicity, the warmth and welcome and vibrancy of the American church. And of the Cuban church, as well but I hi here in America it helped us all to realize that the pope is still of great interest to people. All of the media stopped and covered that visit so there was a great success there, but also the simplicity and profundity of the message no matter where he spoke he went right to the core of things and everybody could understand what he said. I've had priests talk to me since the visit, priests in the United States, priests in Canada, others and they've said, you know, people were so moved that they've come back to confession, people are coming to the sacraments, people are giving the church a second chance. He underscored the message by driving around in that will I will fiat. It's simplicity, it's bringing us back to the roots and the core. What is your hope for the new year. My personal hope for the new year we hear once again the message of the angels on Christmas, glory to god in the highest and peace on Earth to the people whom god favors and the world needs peace. This is the worst I've seen the world in my short lifetime filled with tension and fear, so I hope that once again we can all be committed to peace, I also hope that as the pope sat in Philadelphia on Benjamin franklin parkway the lord came into the family because the family had its doors open and none of us out fear motivated by rhetoric would shut our doors to strangers and we know that there's this massive movement of refugees across the face of the Earth, let us not be afraid that we C welcome those who are strangers because at one point in our lives we were all those wandering refugees seeking a home. That would be my deepest hope and that we all come back to our simplicity and the core of who we are as human beings. You know, we say god so loved the world that he gave us his only son. The pope helps us to focus on the world that god so loved and at Christmas we focus on the son that god gave us, this wonderful incredible gift. Thank youery much. Merry Christmas. Merry Christmas, George.
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