“Speaking out for truth and justice is the heart of Christmas.”
Father Shay Cullen of the PREDA foundation wrote a wonderful column on the website and his email updates about what the meaning of Christmas means to those who write and speak out for a living. It is the real meaning of the holiday when all is said and done.
One can find it in the verse of John 3.16 in the bible: ” For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
 “…Sapagkat gayon na lamang ang pagsinta ng Diyos sa sanglibutan, na ibinigay niya ang kaniyang butong na Anak, upang ang sinomang sa kaniya’y sumampalataya ay huwang mapahamak, kundi magkaroon ng buhay na walang hanggan. …”
Here in his column Father Shay talks of how the work of many who write or speak out for those in need of help.
While sometimes causes seem hopeless often-times one can find that there is little that can be done. But when people raise thier voices as was the popular saying of the Late Cardinal Jaime Si. ‘Vox Populi – Vox Dei’.
One can find solace i guess in the thought that helping others and working towards some events can after all is said and done be something worth doing if it helps.
While Father Shay is writing below more on domestic issues he doies touch on a cord that I qoute in part. that talks of the need to raise one heart voice and spirit towards giving more than just a gift – but – of sharing ourselves, our time, and efforts for the better good of all.
Speaking out for truth and justice is the heart of Christmas.
By: Fr. Shay Cullen
…” There is more to Christmas than parties and parades. The birthday of Jesus Christ is a remembrance and celebration of what he brought into the world – the universal recognition and confirmation of the dignity of every human being and the need for all to protect and defend those inalienable God given rights. … Speaking out the truth, working against evil and injustice and replacing the sin in the world with love justice and social equality is what Christmas is about. The Kingdom of God is where justice is done, the poor have an equal share and no one suffers discrimination. That’s the path Jesus walked, the one we follow, and it began in a stable at Bethlehem….”