The Community of Friars Preachers in Macau gathered this morning to honour the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ. “A child is born in Bethlehem, alleluia; o come, rejoice Jerusalem, alleluia. Let grateful hearts now sing, a song of joy and holy praise, to Christ the newborn King.”

                Following our community custom, which is the tradition in our Province, Brother Aloysius Thurein Htun, OP., on behalf of all the student Brothers greeted our Prior, Fr. Paul Fan, OP., followed by our Subprior Fr. Javier Gonzalez, OP., on behalf of the Fathers. It is important to mention that Fr. Paul is our new Prior, which fills us with joy and hope because the new generation is taking offices of great responsibility; the example is palpable: the guidance of such a dynamic and complex community as our priory is. A community “that as a family accepts and loves one another as brothers around our Prior.”

                Brother Aloysius reminded us that “Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year; that is the time for all of us to show gratitude and to acknowledge the presence of one another in our community.” Addressing Fr, Paul, Br., Aloysius said that “it is nice to have a Prior who, like a tender father, guides this community which is our home; this is particularly necessary since we are far away from our own families.” To this idea, Fr. Javier added: “As religious, far away from our native homes, we remember with affection our relatives and beloved ones. They continue to be in our hearts and prayers.”

                Fr. Paul, a prayer of this community for you: “May God’s blessings of peace be upon you not only during this season, but also during the entire year (and years as Prior) enabling you to carry out those meaningful words you adopted as program on your taking of office: ‘the Prior should not consider himself happy because of the power he exercises over the community, but because of the charity with which he serves’.” (LCO, 299).

Peace and good health, strength and joy, happiness without alloy, is our prayer and wishes for you, Father Prior and for all the members of the Province of Our Lady of the Rosary.

Br. Reynaldo Chang, OP.