Diary

Memorable programs, memorable people

18 December 2021

Angel parcels

It is a joyful experience to give gifts to loved ones, friends, and acquaintances or to receive gifts from them. Every year we look forward with excitement to those special moments when we give each other a surprise gift or even a kind gesture at Christmas. American author and marriage counsellor Gary Chapman defined gifting as a language of love, a unique way of expressing appreciation that for many people is significant in making them feel truly loved. They value giving gifts specifically as a way of being acknowledged, cared for, valued, and go to all the trouble and sacrifice to prepare them. Gift giving means a lot to all of us, especially to the little ones. The Catholic Caritas organised a special gathering with precisely them in mind. 250 children living in poverty received a personalised Christmas gift, an angel's parcel with the help of volunteers from the organisation and Catholic schools. The children gathered in the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Városmajor were greeted with a nativity scene by the young children and youth of the parish, after which we presented the Christmas surprises to them with Cardinal Péter Erdő. It would be difficult to put into words the joy of the children. I think it was at that moment that the first Christmas angel of the year appeared.