A Christmas Message

In America, Christmas is a time for families and for friends to gather together and to rejoice in thanks to God who blessed all people with the gift of His son, Jesus Christ. Educational institutions, such as LECOM perform a delicate dance through the proprieties of forbearance and amidst a blending of cultures as we seek to commemorate this joyous celebration through the freedoms that we derive from our nation’s founding documents.

At Christmas, we at LECOM embrace the loved ones who enrich our lives and we look to a promising future for the lives that, through our care and skills, we may also enrich. As medical professionals, we recognize that all of these blessings, and that life itself, comes not from the hand of man, but from Almighty God.

Every Christmas, we remember the gift of Providence to our world and we hold close to the Author of Life for granting to us an abundant land and an indomitable people. We are blessed with talents to live and to work toward a purpose greater than ourselves. It is the responsibility of our campus leaders to acknowledge our destiny of purpose, to observe His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor.

As we recall our college history at LECOM, we recognize that we live in a land of many blessings where every person enjoys the freedoms lost to many in a world hungry for health and for liberty. At this special time of year, LECOM is particularly thankful for the brave men and women of our Armed Forces who protect these freedoms while forgoing their own desires. To them, at Christmas and always, we recognize that their courage keeps us free, their sacrifice makes us thankful, and their character makes us proud. Especially during the holidays, our entire campus keeps them and their families in our thoughts and prayers.

LECOM faculty and students are ever mindful of the need to share our gifts with others, and we are ever-moved to compassionate action. On this holiday weekend, we pay tribute to all of those caring individuals who reach out with a helping hand and who serve a cause larger than themselves.

LECOM extends the merriest of Christmas wishes to all of those who will celebrate this day. To all of those who are of other faiths and of other beliefs, we extend joyous and heartfelt good wishes as they may gather together in their homes and places of worship with family, friends, and loved ones to strengthen the ties that bind us, the common ground we share, and to give thanks for the many choices that we enjoy.

One LECOM ~ LECOM #1

Silvia M. Ferretti, D.O.

December 23, 2010
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