December 22-23, 2018

During this Advent season we have been trying to Bring Him Forth by 1) doing what is right and just, 2) letting our love increase, 3) having kindness to all, and 4) believing that what was promised is fulfilled. I hope that this Advent theme has been helpful for your Advent prayer and reflection. As you know we “borrowed” that phrase from St. Francis, who wrote in a Letter to All the Faithful: 

We should never desire to be above others, but ought rather

to be servants and subject “to every human creature for

God’s sake.” And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon

all those who do these things and who shall persevere to

the end, and He shall make His abode and dwelling in

them, and they shall be children of the heavenly Father

whose works they do, and they are the spouses, brothers

and mothers of our Lord Jesus Christ. We are spouses

when by the Holy Ghost the faithful soul is united to

Jesus Christ. We are His brothers when we do the will

of His Father who is in heaven. We are His mothers when

we bear Him in our heart and in our body through pure

love and a clean conscience and we bring Him forth by

holy work which ought to shine as an example to others. 

We pray that this spirit will continue as we move into a New Year, and that we will all do what we can to “bring Him forth” and “unleash the Gospel” in our parish, families, and society. 

On behalf of the Friars and the Parish Pastoral Team, I wish you all a very blessed and joyful Christmas season. Thank you for your generosity and many expressions of kindness to us and the parish. May 2019 be a year of grace and blessing for all of us. 

Fr. Jeff