In gratitude we welcome Sarah, Katrina and Theresa to our community. Please keep them in your prayers as they begin their next step on the journey of faith with us. You can see more pictures on our website.
"Why did the Magi set off from afar to go to Bethlehem? The answer has to do with the mystery of the 'star' which they say 'in the East' and which they recognized as the star of the 'King of the Jews', that is to say, the sign of the birth of the Messiah (cf. Mt. 2:2). So their journey was inspired by a powerful hope, strengthened and guided by the star, which led them towards the King of the Jews, towards the kingship of God himself. The Magi set out because of a deep desire which prompted them to leave everything and begin a journey. It was as though they had always been waiting for that star. It was as if the journey had always been a part of their destiny, and was finally about to begin. Dear friends, this is the mystery of God's call, the mystery of vocation. It is a part of the life of every Christian, but it is particulary evident in those whom Christ asks to leave everything in order to follow him more closely. [One] experiences the beauty of that call in a moment of grace which could be defined as 'falling in love'. [The] soul is filled with amazement, which makes [one] ask in prayer: 'Lord, why me?' But love knows no 'why'; it is a free gift to which one responds with the gift of self." (Pope Benedict XVI - World Youth Day 2005)