Dear Radio Maria Directors,
The dark of night in Bethlehem is illuminated by the splendor of the Holy Family of Nazareth. It is the light of divine holiness that shines in the humility of human nature. The Christ Child is the Son of God, thrice holy, the source of all holiness. He is the light that shines through the darkness of deceit and death. He is the grace that breaks the chains of sin and evil. He is the hope that leads to the eternal life of heaven. Let us look at Mary, the Mother of God, the ever holy, ever virgin. From the moment of her conception, she is adorned with the splendor of a singular holiness, which comes entirely from her Son. “The Father blessed Mary more than any other created person ‘in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places’ and chose her ‘in Christ before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless before him in love’. (CCC 492) “By the grace of God, Mary remained free of every personal sin her whole life long”. (CCC 493) Having been conceived entirely holy and having perfectly corresponded to this inestimable grace, the all-holy Virgin Mary is recognized by the Church as “its model and source”. (CCC 2030) Let us look at St. Joseph, “a righteous man”, who in a moment of doubt and uncertainty, responded with the obedience of faith to God’s will and, in humility and fidelity, fulfilled his mission alongside Jesus and Mary. In these times when the family is being diabolically attacked, we can draw from the inexhaustible source of holiness that is the Family of Nazareth so that, with Radio Maria’s assistance, Christian families can be schools of holiness and oases of peace and love.
Yours truly, Fr. Livio
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