Friday 19 January 2018

How the gift of integrity could crown the season of goodwill for us all

Christmas is a terrible time to be lonely, but the most simple of all gifts – one’s company – can bring cheer into many people’s lives. Picture is posed
Christmas is a terrible time to be lonely, but the most simple of all gifts – one’s company – can bring cheer into many people’s lives. Picture is posed

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin

Christmas brings out the best of us in Ireland. People give generously to the St Vincent de Paul Society and to the widest range of charities. I am especially grateful to those in Dublin who brought food to their parishes for distribution by the Diocesan social care agency, Crosscare.

The lonely are visited and are cheered up with the simplicity of a smile. Children are happy and we adults recall our own childhood happiness. Young people who had to emigrate make the long journey home to be united and to celebrate with their families.

This year, things seem to be improving in Ireland. Our economy is stronger.

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