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Archbishop Harris sends message to his flock: Protect our children
‘Twas a few days before Christmas 2013 and Archbishop Joseph Harris stirred himself on his sick bed to send a message to his flock. In it, he shared his deep concern and worry about the escalating abuse of our children. And while we sadly contemplate the darkness brought about by the deteriorating spiritual health of our nation, the archbishop reminds us of the words of the prophet Isaiah, “A people who walked in darkness has seen a great light.”
He also reminds us of the news given the shepherds by the angel more than 2,000 years ago to fill hearts with hope. “Listen, do not be afraid. I bring you news of great joy. A joy to be shared by all the people. Today, in the town of David, a saviour has been born to you. He is Christ the Lord.” So there is still hope.
Archbishop Harris told his people, “The celebration of Christmas demands of us then, not simply the enjoyment of the traditional Christmas things, all of which are good and worthy of enjoyment, but also the recognition and acceptance of the missionary dimension of Christmas, that just as Christ was sent by the Father to be the light for a people who walked in darkness, so you and I have also been sent in imitation of Christ to be the light illuminating the darkness of our world.”
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