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Be the light for those in darkness

By DARCEL CHOY Wednesday, December 25 2013

ARCHBISHOP of Port-of-Spain Joseph Harris yesterday urged citizens to be the light to those who walk in the darkness of despair, because their lives have been traumatised by vehicular accidents, violent crime, the murder of loved ones and abuse of children.

In his homily during Christmas Eve mass at Sacred Heart in Port-of-Spain, Harris said even during the Eucharistic celebration of Christmas and the festive activities, the nation must not forget the situation we live in.

“If we do forget and do not let the events of the past year influence the way in which we celebrate, then we are like ostriches, hiding our heads in the sand, until of course, disaster strikes close to home,” he said.

Harris said the nation was called to remember the 390 odd murders committed during the past year and that 28 of those killed were under the age of 18 and seven of those were under the age of 12, a jump of four over the past year. He said the nation was also called to remember those whose lives were lost in road accidents and those who lost everything because of flooding.

“It is tempting to ask, why remember these distressing statistics in this season of cheer and goodwill? We must remember if we are to apply the Gospel message of this feast to the concrete situation that we live, so that we can let this message enlighten and transform us,” he said.

The Archbishop said he knows it can be said that things were not as bad as they seem as there is much to thank God for but he wonders if the parents, families and friends of those who have lost babies, sons and daughters, fathers and mothers are seeing much for which to thank God.

Harris said the celebration of Christmas is a reminder that we have the solution to all the problems that we face as a nation and we have adopt the values of Jesus Christ.

He asked citizens to strive to be bearers of hope to them so that the message of peace may touch their hearts over this Christmas season.

“This season of goodwill to all demands that we actively and profoundly share this goodwill. Let us not be ostriches hiding our heads in the sand, let us be disciples hearing the message of Christmas and taking it to the farthest corners of our land, especially to those who think that they have no reason to hope,” he said.

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