As Mary and Joseph set out on a difficult journey, needing
the guidance of a star, we too are reminded of our need for the light of Christ
to show us the way. Notice that our
student artist chose to portray the cover image of Mary and Joseph in
silhouettes – as if to say – we can place ourselves also in the scene – in
search of the place where we will see Jesus face to face. For Mary and Joseph, this place was Bethlehem
after a pilgrimage that challenged their faith and obedience. They were strengthened by the virtue of
fortitude, which enables one to endure difficulties and pain for the sake of
what is good. Our daily pilgrimage also requires fortitude, so that we may keep
our eyes fixed on Christ, who is “the way, the truth and the life.” (John 14:6)
This Christmas, let us pray that the Infant Jesus may give us fortitude for our
About the artist: Hope Hinger is a member of the Class of 2018, St. Michael School.
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