Editor’s note: From the Dec. 24, 1961, MDJ

The message of Christmas is one of hope.

Without it, believers would have nothing and non-believers would be deprived of the mystic influence that the day has on all. The birth of the savior of man in a Judean cave nearly 2,000 years ago changed the course of history. His influence has lasted these many years because His teachings and life gave mankind a philosophy by which they can live together in peace and find life eternal. With such promise, it is clear why 800,000,000 Christians observe Christmas Day. This year’s observance once again finds a troubled world – a world of conflict pressures and doubts. More than ever before, we need the faith and the hope that the divine

birth of Jesus brought to mankind. One cannot help reflecting how all the strife that has plagued these past 2,000 years could have been avoided had His teachings been followed. But man must forget past failures and face the future with renewed faith in God and the redemption of mankind. Christmas is a story of love – for God so loved the world that He gave His Son so mankind, through faith, might have everlasting life. The spirit of brotherly love that accompanies Christmas Day is evidence of the powerful influence of His goodness. In this age of tyranny and unrest, man must rely on faith of God. The Christian message offers hope when solutions to great problems seem hopeless. And so it is reassuring to turn once again towards Bethlehem with raised eyes searching for the star which is still the symbol of man’s highest aspirations and ultimate salvation. May your Christmas be a spiritual feast of rich blessings.

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