Franciscan

Joy to the world

On a silent, holy night long ago, on a midnight clear in the little town of Bethlehem, joy came to the world. Angels sang sweetly and proclaimed peace and goodwill to all, from heaven’s all gracious king. A star of wonder, shining with royal beauty, caused kings bearing gifts to traverse afar and shepherds keeping watch in the fields to feel jubilee and to come and adore him. Souls sensed their worth and the weary world felt a thrill of hope at these tidings of comfort and joy! Gloria in excelsis Deo, indeed.

I hope and pray that all the friars, our families, friends and benefactors will rest merry during this beautiful season. May your hearts prepare room for him, and may your hopes and fears be met by this dawn of everlasting light. May your loved ones sleep in heavenly peace. Thank you for your generosity, and let’s continue to tell everyone everywhere, that Jesus Christ is born!

Fr. Jeff Scheeler, OFM
Provincial Minister

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