December 1, 2015
His Holiness, Pope Francis
00120 Vatican City
Dear Pope Francis,
I was recently reading reports of your remarks on the celebration of Christmas this year. Since you have become Pope, I have celebrated your teachings, your reintroduction of the concepts and values that I was taught growing up in the time of Vatican II and the birth of liberation theology. I truly believe that God chose you to be Pope so that you could lead the church and its followers into realignment with spirituality and shift the planet. So I was disappointed to read that people are reporting that you said that the celebration of Christmas this year is hypocritical in the face of warfare throughout the world.
While I agree there is huge hypocrisy in ignoring on-going wars, their causes and their consequences, while celebrating the Christmas holiday, I think that it is precisely why we need to truly celebrate Christmas but do so in the manner that it was always done in my household when we were young. Christmas season … celebrating the birth of Jesus who inspired generations to come to express and serve God’s love through humanitarian brotherhood, through the expression of compassion and unconditional love, and being inspired by a season when people showed the true potential of acting in love, kindness toward one another and peace.
In my parents'house, it was the “Spirit of Christmas” that was emphasized and the dream of a time when mankind could act as if the Christmas season was all year round. The works of Saint Nicholas, who inspired the modern day versions of Santa Claus or Father Christmas, were talked about and we celebrated St. Nick’s Day as well as Christmas. It was a time of great charity, a time when fighting even in war torn parts of the Middle East and Southeast Asia stopped for at least one day, a time when people smiled and were kind to others in the stores, in the streets, invited people into their homes to share food and cheer.
For me, I think the level of warfare and violence on the planet right now and the great humanitarian crisis of millions of refugees fleeing to look for new homes is a deep call for truly celebrating Christmas this year … not the commercial holiday that it has become for so many … but the old-fashioned sharing of the best potential of who mankind can be. You, Pope Francis, are one of the people who can really lead people back to this “Spirit of Christmas” and the magical possibilities it creates for healing humanity and the planet.
Being born on December 5th, I was what my mother called “her early St, Nick’s present” and I’ve always felt a deep affinity with the man who is St. Nicholas. Yesterday during prayer and meditation, I was reminded that he was from Asia Minor (modern day Turkey and Syria). I have felt for a while that the massive refugee crisis right now was one of the mysteries of the way God’s grace can work to give humanity a chance to awaken or reawaken to the true spirituality of expressing God’s love on Earth. The fact that the refugee crisis is in the news on many levels as Christmas approaches and the fact that most of these refugees are coming from the very place where St. Nicholas did his inspirational work are not a coincidence. I believe it is a great call for those who can to lead and inspire the masses of those who follow Christianity to return to the celebration of Christmas through the broad expression of love, charity and the embodiment of the Christ energy on Earth, to inspire all of any faith to embrace this behavior, to increase the vibration of love to the extent that it creates the capacity for peace on earth by diminishing the darkness expressed upon the Earth.
I would like to ask you to reconsider your remarks on Christmas, if they are being reported accurately. I’d like to invite you to reflect upon how best to lead the people back to the spirituality of the season and the expression of those spiritual values on a grand scale at least during this season, with the encouragement to continue these works all year round in order to truly manifest the best of God’s unconditional love and long-lasting peace on Earth.
Thank you for all that you do. May you continue to be blessed this Holy Day season and for many years to come.
With deep love and gratitude,