In his Christmas homily at Munich’s Frauenkirche, Cardinal Reinhard Marx called upon German Catholics not to give in to anxiety, hatred, and mistrust amid terrorist attacks.
Caving in to fear, said the president of the German Bishops’
Conference, is a victory for the “powers of evil that also manifest
themselves in terrorism.”
“The child of Bethlehem stands for the greatest courageous action in
the world’s history, which proceeds from God himself,” the prelate
added, as he described the Nativity as God’s initiative against hatred,
brutality, sin, and war.
Recalling the words of the Gospel—“do not be afraid”—Cardinal Marx
said that Christmas is a “courage maker” that helps one say yes “to
life, to encounter, to trust, to the community of all men.”