Christmas Greetings to my fellow Catholics in the Native American Nations!

I know some of you are soon to, if not already braving the cold months of winter.  My prayers are with you and with all of your family as we move into the winter months.

Before we journey into winter, we will soon feel the great joy of Christmas. From when Mary and Joseph gathered in the manger more than two millenniums, light has entered in the world to defy the darkness. It is that light that brings hope not only to your clan and family, but also to the world.
At this time of gift giving, we also take time to celebrate the greatest gift of all, the gift of our Catholic Faith.  

Blessings not only to your families, but for all of the devoted catechists and teachers for the faith that have made this time of year extra holy. 

Also, this time of year, we are filled with joy as we embark on the path of the Canonization of Nicholas Black Elk of the Oglala Lakota. His life is a reminder of all of those filled with joy for Christ and have handed down his promise of compassion and love to us as catechist and teachers of the faith.

On behalf of the Bishop's Subcommittee on Native Americans, I wish all of you a very joyous and faith filled Christmas and New Year.

God Bless,
Rev. Michael Carson

Native American Affairs
Secretariat of Cultural Diversity in the Church
3211 Fourth Street, NE, Washington, DC 20017

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