"God is important, by far the most important matter in our lives. The shepherds teach us this priority. From them we should learn not to be crushed by all the pressing issues in our daily lives. From them we should learn the inner freedom to put other tasks in second place--however important they may be--so as to make our way towards God, to allow him into our lives and into our time. Time given to God and, in his name, to our neighbor is never time lost. It is the time when we are most truly alive, when we live our humanity to the full."
Benedict XVI (2009)