By Natalie Salemeh
The Maronite Servants of Christ the Light began the Season of the Glorious Birth of Our Lord by hosting a Maronite Youth Organization (MYO) gathering at the Mother of Light Convent in Dartmouth on Sunday November 17. The Sisters welcomed the teens of the MYO groups from the parishes of Boston, Brockton and New Bedford including a number of parents and coordinators (whose assistance throughout the afternoon helped make the event a success).
Sister Therese Maria led fun games engaging the teens to think about the beauty of giving, particularly in this liturgical season. Mother Marla Marie helped the teens focus on how they can best prepare for the Glorious Birth. Oftentimes, the Christmas season is encumbered by materialism and commercialism that people lose sight of the fact that they should be getting ready to welcome the Savior and Light of the world into their hearts and lives.
The afternoon continued with a beautiful meditation of the Gospel scene of the Annunciation. The teens were encouraged to reflect on how they could best echo Mary’s “yes” in their everyday lives and follow the promptings of God with trust and confidence. Everyone participated in Eucharistic Adoration, for it is only allowing Jesus to fill us, that we are then able to give him to others. What greater gift can we give to others than the Son of God present within us?