Allen Shibu, Keighley
Cardinal Nichols offered his gratitude to the metropolitan police carol service in Westminster abbey on 15th December. Comparing them to St. Joseph in his role as guardian of the holy family, the cardinal referred to the members of the force as “guardians, working hard to keep us safe”
He acknowledged their work as they “study the risks confronting us and prepare to face them and to help us all respond intelligently, calmly and correctly”
“As I look at St. joseph I every crib I see, I think of you all, and many others alongside you, and I thank god for your presence, your vigilance and your courage,” he added.
“Sometimes, when I hear your sirens piercing the silence of the night, I offer a prayer for those involved in that rapid response, preparing to face what may be a tricky situation.”
Pointing to the Christ’s birth in Bethlehem, the cardinal said,” he who is god chose to identify with us most closely in our vulnerability and weakness”.
In the same way,” in that needy person, in that victim, in that distressed and disorientated offender, there is a spark of the divine, just as the child in the cold manger is the fullness of the godhead.”
The cardinal gave his thanks for the police force’s “work in this great city” and extended his prayer that “nothing takes from you the gift of peace that this child Jesus can bring us.”
As a spokesman for the catholic police guild commented:” it is always a pleasure to receive the support of the cardinal for our work his comments will mean a lot to the officers who are members of the guild—and those who are not, too