JEMAIL: Flynn, Bro. Gregory (MC1957) send Christmas greetings

2016-Dec-23

CHRISTMAS GREETINGS FROM ETHIOPIA – DECEMBER, 2016

Dear Friends of Addis Hope,

I am reminded that Advent is a season for exiles, like Mary and Joseph of old. In this part of the world exiles, refugees and displaced are a common sight The families in the Addis Hope program are also exiles from what most would call a normal life –they live on the margins of society – on mean streets – particularly our AIDS orphans. They are societal victims of failed policies that exclude them from whatever meager benefits society has to offer.

We, who enjoy the benefits of a better life, are also exiles when part of us has given in to values of consumerism and apathy; when another part of us feels out of place in a materialistic, power-centered world.

Advent is a time to reclaim what we have lost in our hearts. It is not meant to be a cozy, self-satisfied time in which we wait for “Baby Jesus” to be born, not some quaint idea comforting to the “unsophisticated”. The birth of Jesus is a historical event, Advent focuses, instead, on our own place of exile and whether or not this Savior who was born and lived on our earth has made a difference in our lives and also in the lives of those with whom we interact.

May the God of exiles reveal to us that part of ourselves in exile, the part that is wandering and needs to come home; May the God of exiles unite us to the dispossessed of the world through at least our compassion, if not our actions; May the God of exiles help us to see more clearly the aspects of our own selves and culture that keep us captive; May the God of exiles grant that our actions may lighten and console, may lift up the hearts of others to laughter; to peace in the midst of storm; to light in darkness.

All of us involved in the Addis Hope program are grateful to all our donor partners who, for us, are witnesses to God’s presence in our lives through their compassion and actions on behalf of children worthy of a better life.

For those who have not been in a position to assist the program financially, we have asked for their prayers for the women and children involved. We certainly have felt the strength of those prayers and are grateful for them. At the risk of sounding presumptuous, and certainly not denigrating prayer, we are still in need of more donor partners. So, if you can, kindly put us under your tree and pass on the message. Here’s how:

Write and mail a check payable to… 

  • Brothers of the Christian Schools
    (with the memo stating for Addis Hope)
    Brother Timothy Froehlich
    444 A Route 35 South
    Eatontown, NJ 07724 

OR

By monthly bank transfer…

  • Brothers of the Christian Schools
    (with the memo stating for Addis Hope)
    Routing Transit Number – 031207607 (for PNC Bank)
    Account Number – 805 999 7606
    Request your bank to transfer by
    Automatic Clearing House (ACH) not by wire.

Merry Christmas and may God’s choicest blessings be yours in the New Year to come.
Brother Gregory Flynn (Jack)

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