Dear Members of the Marist College Ashgrove Family,
As this is the last newsletter for the year, we look forward with anticipation to the New Year in the Church, the season of Advent and the celebration of the birth of our Lord at Christmas.
2018 has been a significant year in the life of our Marist family. Some extreme highs and lows, which are so much the fabric of our everyday lives. The Church’s season of Advent is one of preparing for the birth of Jesus. Buying Christmas cards these days is becoming more problematic for those of us who wish to purchase cards with a religious theme like the Holy Family gathered in the stable for the birth of Jesus! No problem though if you’re after snow, trees, Santa, elves, a sleigh or presents under a tree. I wasn’t brought up in a Catholic family, but my mother was insistent that we knew the gifts we exchanged at Christmas were to symbolise the gift of Jesus and his birth to all of us.
Our faith should shine forth as we anticipate the birth of Jesus in the most humble of circumstances. We have much to be thankful for but…… there’s no Brady Bunch! (Now I’m showing my age… Brady Bunch means perfect family.)
Perhaps it would be good for us all to consider the many gifts we have and be mindful of those in our community who go without.
The book of Marist spirituality, Water from The Rock points to the birth of Jesus and the crib as one of the places that St Marcellin saw as central to our faith
At the Crib, we find the innocence, simplicity, gentleness and even weakness of a God who is capable of touching the hardest of hearts….. There is no room for fear of a God who became a child. We come to know a God who has pitched his tent in our midst, and whom we call “brother.”
May the joys of birth of Jesus rest upon our Marist family this Christmas.
Yours in Jesus, Mary and St Marcellin,