Years ago, reading these words of St. Leopold Mandic, I was impressed by the extraordinary light he gave to the essence of this wonderful day as well as the style, made of simplicity and clarity, proper to the Saints. This is my heartfelt wish for each one of you – in my name, in the name of my family and of all who give their daily effort to make Ghirelli an instrument in Mary's hands.
2020 is a year that we will not forget. It has been a year full of difficulties and fears, but also one that reminded us of the fragility and limitation of the human condition. Perhaps we have rediscovered that the most beautiful things—I would say the ones essential to give meaning to life—are those we have around us, especially our families.
The family is a project of God; it is His "Idea" as Cardinal Comastri always says. A united family persists all the difficulties that come its way and can be an oasis of peace even in the midst of life's storms. What a lesson we have learned in this difficult year: truly, God knows how to draw good even from the evil that we cause to ourselves. A holy priest used to say, "It is easy to declare oneself a warrior in times of peace,” but it is in battle that we see true faith, that true prayer forges us. So, let us go forward with calm and simplicity in the ways of the Lord as Padre Pio of Pietrelcina used to teach. Our Lady is with us; let us accept the invitation she gave us in Fatima: "My Immaculate Heart will be your refuge." It is in her heart that we have nothing to fear.
I would like to share this meditation by Pope St. Paul VI that enlightens us on the meaning of Christmas: