.- Cardinal Lluis Martinez Sistach of Barcelona, Spain noted Dec. 19 that Christmas âmust make us all more humane.â He explained that the season should bring Catholics to become âmore united to those suffering from hunger and thirst, with the sick and the poor.â
The message of Christmas âis profoundly human,â the cardinal said, as âthe vocation of every human being is above all loveâlove received and love given.â
Only in the experience of love âcan man find the deepest meaning of his life,â he continued. Christmas âteaches us above all that God is not manâs antagonist, but rather his friend.â
He went on to explain that during the Pope's recent visit to Spain, he stressed that Christmas is about âglobalizing love.â âIt is a feast of solidarity, as it is the manifestation of a God who is in solidarity with the world,â the Spanish cardinal said.
During the Popeâs visit to Santiago de Compostela on Nov. 6, he continued, the Pontiff exhorted Catholics to âembrace their brothers and sisters and discover in them the divine image and likeness, which constitutes the deepest truth of their beings and is the origin of genuine freedom.â
Cardinal Sistach ended his letter underscoring that a âChristmas of solidarityâ demands Catholics draw close to those who are suffering, âespecially during these difficult economic times.â