sabato 21 dicembre 2013

Happy Merry Christmas! Happy New Year! - Guy Bourdeaud'hui

Dear reader,
Christmas and New Year: two feasts not to be let passed by, but especially to be cherished!
Christmas is for us the most important feast: Christmas, the family feast par excellence, feast of the Light, of the coming of the Messiah, feast of Peace, …, … You will surely find other ‘epithets’ or other interpretations for this universal feast.
Whatsoever the milieu in the world where you will celebrate this feast, you will have the choice of a contemplative  and familiar feast, or one more exuberant with the bells ringing announcing with all their force the good tidings. But perhaps you should celebrate Christmas in silence, though deeply convinced? In every heart, there should be a «Venite Adoremus», hope and complete confidence for greater positivism and for this almost magic word: ‘Peace’
This true peace is ever less comprehended and ever more misunderstood in our universe which can be too critical and too egocentric. Therefore I wish you a peace similar to an arch-in-the-sky, which tends from a respect of the other to a place well heated in a heart open to all opinions and convictions.
How was the voice that preached in the desert?
Should we look in our Faith for courage and the evangelical counsels, saying: «Peace on earth to the people of good-will!»?
To all our colleagues, professors or teachers, who face sometimes a (somewhat) difficult life because of different problems and to their families. I wish in the name of the directing board, the members of UMEC-WUCT and, of course, in my own, a Holy Christmas!
To all those colleagues and their families who need a strong encouragement and a sincere appreciation of their task often very difficult, I wish to send a strong dose of courage,conviction, a positive spirit and an unshakeable faith.
I don’t forget those who lead a hard life. My sincere and convinced appreciation goes to all those who face the heavy task of bearing witness to their Faith and to the Christian and Catholic values which inspire them in an egoistic world.
In 2014, UMEC-WUCT wishes to put its finger in the plaque and will be very happy to receive whatsoever signal coming from some teacher in some place in the world. Give us a sign, raise your finger and send us a message that you are member of our so huge family of teachers of Catholic inspiration!
For 2014 UMEC-WUCT wishes you a good and happy year, an iron health and the realisation of all your wishes.
Would it not be marvellous trying to realize together this prayer of the Franciscan Father
Lord, make me a channel of thy peace;
that where there is hatred, I may bring love;
that where there is wrong, I may bring the spirit of forgiveness;
that where there is discord, I may bring harmony;
that where there is error, I may bring truth;
that where there is doubt, I may bring faith;
that where there is despair, I may bring hope;
that where there are shadows, I may bring light;
that where there is sadness, I may bring joy.
Lord, grant that I may seek rather to comfort than to be comforted;
to understand, than to be understood;
to love, than to be loved.
For it is by self-forgetting that one finds.
It is by forgiving that one is forgiven.
It is by dying that one awakens to eternal life. Amen.

Happy Merry Christmas! Happy New Year!

Guy Bourdeaud’hui

President UMEC-WUCT

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