Jesus Christ was born from Virgin Mary, from that time on He lived an
exemplary life, a life which men everywhere must emulate. This Life and
the Faith that He taught us assures us of salvation, assures us also of
harmony and a good life upon Earth. Because of the exemplary character
of the life of Jesus Christ it is necessary that all men do their
maximum in their human efforts to see to it that they approximate as
much as they can the good example that has been set by Him.
"It is quite true that there is no perfection
in humanity. From time to time we make mistakes, we do commit sins but
even as we do that, deep in our hearts as Christians we know we have
forgiveness from the Almighty. He taught us that all who seek Him shall
find Him. To live in this healthy life, a Christian life, is what makes
me follow Jesus Christ.
"For Christian people no day is as glorious
and as joyous as the day on which they commemorate the Nativity of Our
Saviour Jesus Christ. On this day each one of us tries to forget his
worries and his anxieties and endeavours to alleviate those of his loved
ones and friends, and to forgive those who have wronged him, so as only
to meditate on the life of Him who is Supreme Lord of All.
"From Our early childhood We are struck by
the sentiments of unfathomable mystery, simple and yet sublime, which
stirs up in us the evocation of the Birth of the Divine Child.
"The Mystery of Bethlehem reveals itself in
our spirits, more fascinating the more we advance on the path of life,
and the more we realise the magnitude of the mission each one of us has
to accomplish in this world, be it humble or noble, arduous or
"An unheard of event, expected for more than
forty centuries has at last been accomplished: the Son of God is born,
He has only a stable for His palace and a manger for a cradle. The
hearts of the wise are thrilled by this majestic humility, and the kings
of the Earth bend their knees before Him and worship Him.
" 'Peace on Earth, goodwill to men,' - this
was His first message. In the same manner when He went to the summit of
Calvary, there to expiate our sins with the supreme sacrifice, He gave
up His last breath invoking forgiveness for His very tormentors: 'Father
forgive them, for they know not what they do.'
"In pondering over the life, the goodness,
humanity and sacrifice of the Saviour of the World, in looking at the
laws which He gave us, how much should we be ashamed to call ourselves
Christian people, and yet not to follow His footsteps. Had we been
Christian people, had we been worthy of the name, peace would have
reigned on all the face of the Earth, and we would have risen to the
level of the immortal angels who always glorify the Eternal God, and the
peoples of the world would no longer have remained divided into hostile
"In very truth there are no interest or
reasons, however legitimate they may be, that can justify war."
Christmas speech to students
"Today, Christmas, the anniversary of the birth of Our Saviour Jesus
Christ, We extend Our warm and sincere greetings to all the students
here in Our Capital, to those in the schools
established by Us throughout the Empire and many others studying abroad.
"Once again, as annually, We are today here in your midst and in this
Christmas Hall observing this great day which has been awaited by
millions in all parts of the world just as We have anxiously anticipated
"In guiding the various agencies to fulfill the requirements of
modern civilization, We have taken under Our direct care, together with
Our other burdensome responsibilities, - the enormous responsibility of
education giving it priority as a means not only of providing you with
enlightenment, of raising your standard of living, of leading you to
better health, but to guarantee that in the pursuit of your aims and
aspirations you will be an asset to your country.
"It is a source of immense satisfaction today to see the realisation of
Our efforts to make Ethiopia assume her rightful place in international
and African affairs: First, the next Conference of Independent African
States will be held in Our capital. Secondly, Ethiopia has been selected
as the Headquarters of the United Nations Economic Commission to Africa,
the inaugural session of which has just ended. Thirdly, We see before us
African students who have benefited by the scholarships that We have
granted to aid the African peoples here to study in Our institutions.
"As a good tree is known by its fruits, so the future of Ethiopia
depends on you, the fruits of Our educational system, to set an example
to the coming generation through your work and the life you will lead.
"Ethiopia's enhanced and rapidly evolving role in world life, the growth
and expansion of her national endeavours make it imperative that you
students prepare yourselves for your responsibilities by being obedient
to your teachers and being responsive to authority."
January 8, 1959
from the book "Speeches delivered by His Imperial Majesty Haile Selassie
1st Emperor of Ethiopia on various occasions May 1957 - December 1959"
Christmas Radio Speech to the American People
Chapter VI, page 40, of the English translation of „My Life and
Ethiopia`s Progress – Volume Two: Addis Abeba 1966 E.C.“
|"While We were in England We befriended many people and in
December 1937, on Christmas Day, received more than
1,000...letters and many Christmas greeting cards from America.
The Americans asked Us to make a radio speech in order to
identify Our supporters and thank them all. Thus, with Ato Wolde
Giorgis Wolde Yohannes and Ato Ephraim Tewolde Medhin, We left
Paddington Station by taxi for the B.B.C. studios. On Our way
the taxi had a collision in wich we fractured Our knee bone and
suffered great pain. ... ... The full text of the speech
We broadcasted that day to the American people was as follows:
"I am very pleased to send you words of my best wishes for your
happiness, progress and peace, on this blessed day for mankind, from the
capital of Great Britain, which is renowned for its hospitality. Let
peace reign in your hearts, among your families, in the unity of your
governments, and in your relations with other peoples of the world.
There is no greater day of gratitude and joy for Christians than
celebrating the birthday of Our Saviour Jesus Christ. On this day of
happiness, every Christian, by meditating on [Jesus'] life and the work
He accomplished for all of us, tends to forget the trials he faces and
the sadness that breaks his heart. At the same time everyone is inclined
to minimize the trials and sorrows of his own, his kindred, and friends
and forgives those who have grieved him. Since Our childhood, Our
innermost thoughts have been overwhelmed by the mysterious deep spirit
of the divine infant's birth, which is not only expressive but also
glorious and inscrutable. Likewise, no matter what one's reputation,
whether one's accomplishment is great or humble, tiresome or fruitless,
in the journey of life, the mystery of Bethlehem dominates our spirit.
"With the birth of the Son of God, an unprecedented, an unrepeatable,
and a long-anticipated phenomenon occurred. He was born in a stable
instead of a palace, in a manger instead of a crib. The hearts of the
Wise men were struck by fear and wonder due to His Majestic Humbleness.
The kings prostrated themselves before Him and worshipped Him. 'Peace be
to those who have good will. This became the first message.
When He sacrificed himself at Golgotha for the atonement of our sin, He
prayed with His last breath for the forgiveness of those who had
tortured Him saying, 'Father, forgive them for they know not what they
do'. Shame on those of us who are Christians and do not follow the way
of the Savior of the World, whose life was filled with kindness,
humility, and martyrdom! If we lived by the laws he gave us and were
worthy of being called Christian, peace would have reigned on this
"Men were supposed to be the equals of the living angels who unceasingly
sang praises before the eternal God. Had this been so, peoples of the
world would not have been divided along lines of enmity. In truth there
is no legitimate reason or good cause which justifies war. Was it not
this fundamental spirit which dwelt in American statesmen and their
brothers in other parts of the world that enabled them to write the new
international principles according to the laws of Our Savior. The
principles were intended to avoid the calamities of war and to bring
together the big and small nations of the world as one family and settle
disputes that might arise between them through appropriate law and
"Well, there is not much to do about that! Although the toils of wise
people may earn them respect, it is a fact of life that the spirit of
the wicked continues to cast its shadow on this world. The arrogant are
seen visibly leading their people into crime and destruction. The laws
of the League of Nations are constantly violated and wars and acts of
aggression repeatedly take place, and in regard to this, your honorable
president told you recently that the principles of [the Covenant of the
League of Nations], which were meant to assure the peace and safety of
all peoples, were trampled on, and the forum of peace was consequently
disrupted. The respectable idea on which [the league] was founded was
made an object of mockery. The two-thousand-year-old Christian
Civilization was threatened with destruction. If this happens, there
will be a return to the days of barbarism, when the mighty could realize
their aspirations at will. So that the spirit of the cursed will not
gain predominance over the human race whom Christ redeemed with his
blood, all peace loving people should cooperate to stand firm in order
to preserve and promote lawfulness and peace.
"War is not the only means to stop war. Men of goodwill, who fully
recognize their duties, should be able, with the assistance of all free
men, to prevent war and help rehabilitate all those who were debilitated
and damaged by war, in order to protect this precious diamond, 'Peace'.
"People of America! I wish you a merry Christmas. I plead with you to
remember in your prayers all those weak and endangered peoples who look
to the flags of the free nations with confidence, hoping to discern the
star which will announce their peace and future security.
Saturday, December 25, 1937
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