A Christmas Message from President John Berry

A Christmas Message from President John Berry

A Christmas Message from President John Berry 933 525 SVDP USA

Dear Fellow Vincentians,

“And the Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us, and we saw his glory, the glory as of the Father’s only Son, full of grace and truth.” – John 1:14

As we celebrate the sacred season of Christmas, I think it is proper for us to reflect upon the Gospel of Matthew, Chapter 25. That reading speaks directly to the essence of the selfless endeavors of hundreds of thousands of Vincentians across the globe. The unwavering commitment of each person who serves those in need embodies the very spirit of those Gospel verses, where we are taught that the compassionate acts of feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, and comforting the afflicted are expressions of divine love.

In the midst of the festive holiday cheer, the tireless efforts of every Vincentian stand as a testament to the transformative power of kindness. Vincentians are the modern-day embodiment of the shepherds who, guided by a star, found the infant Jesus lying in a manger. In that service, Vincentians discover the sacred in the faces of those they assist, recognizing the divine spark within each person, regardless of their circumstances.

“Rejoice and be glad that so great and good a Lord, on coming into the Virgin’s womb, willed to appear despised, needy, and poor in this world, so that men who were in dire poverty and suffering great need of heavenly food might be made rich in him.” – St. Clare of Assisi

Just as the Magi presented gifts to honor the Christ child, Vincentian generosity and empathy are gifts to those we serve. Vincentians are a living testament to the belief that every act of mercy, no matter how small, contributes to a more compassionate and just world. Our work extends beyond the tangible, creating a tapestry of interconnectedness that mirrors the unity found in the Christmas story.

As we navigate the challenges inherent in our mission, may we find solace in the knowledge that we are not alone. The divine presence that graced Bethlehem resides in the compassion we extend and the hope we inspire. May this Christmas be a time of reflection, renewal, and deep joy as we witness the impact of our efforts on the lives of those we touch.

“It is Christmas every time you let God love others through you…yes, it is Christmas every time you smile at your brother and offer him your hand.” – Mother Teresa

In the spirit of the season, I want to express my profound gratitude to all those who support our work with their donations and commitments of time, talent, and treasure. And I pray that the love born in a humble stable guide and sustain us all in the coming year.

Debi and I wish you a blessed Christmas filled with the warmth of family and community, the joy of service, and the peace that comes from the spirituality and holiness that surpasses understanding.

Peace and God’s blessings,
John Berry
National President

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