As the nights of Advent lengthen, may we not only yearn for the warmth of the sun’s rays, but may we truly long for the warmth in our heart that only the Son can give.

May the lights on our Christmas tree remind us of eternity and stars that shine in the heavens, and may the star or angel that sits on top remind us of that one star that shone so bright over the spot where the newborn Christ child lay so many years ago, and the voices of the angels who sang out in the silence of that holy night, proclaiming “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace to those on whom his favor rests.”

As we continue to light our Advent wreaths, may the growing circle of its light lead us to the Paschal candles in our churches and the reminder of the light of Christ, which breaks into the darkness of our lives not only at His birth on Christmas, but by his death and Resurrection, where he frees us from the bonds of sin and death.

As the light of Christ breaks through the darkness once again, I pray that you and your families rejoice in the continuing hope, joy, promise and peace of that first Christmas morn. May the blessing of the newborn Prince of Peace shine on you this Advent/Christmas season and always.

God’s blessings be with you.

+James Powers
Bishop of Superior