As we celebrate the birth of our Lord, may we share with others the love He came to bring through his birth. Make sure you celebrate your life by living it as best you can. This means being the best person you can be, true to yourself; using your gifts and sharing them with others. It means being ready to make the best of all the opportunities you are given to learn and to grow. Life is a precious gift that God has given us, so precious that God sent Jesus to show us how to live the best life we can. If we look at how Jesus lived, we see that His life was about loving. Life is best lived when we give of ourselves. When we love who we are. When we love those who love us. And most importantly when we love those who hurt us. Love is what is the most important and the strongest emotion in this life. I hope you get to celebrate the birth of Jesus, the model of love in your Parish this Christmas. To those students moving on from Merici, I wish you every success and blessing for the future. For those returning in 2017 I wish you and your families a safe and joyous Christmas break and am excited about the new opportunities and challenges that await us on our return.