JPIC News -- January 2015

On Christmas Day, my daughter, Nicole, was sporting a new sweater, a gift from her big brother. Although a little tight on her, it was the perfect thing for her for it read “This is a girl who still believes”. This was so perfect because she is the one who plays Christmas songs on the radio beginning Halloween, decorates a 7 foot Christmas tree with hand painted glass ornaments, takes her mother to Longwood Gardens to see the lights, attends an Ugly Sweater Party each year and watches a host of Christmas favorites on TV and often sings along to
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From the Heart of our Minister - January, 2015

Dear Sisters and Brothers in St. Francis,

PEACE to each of your hearts!

The end of an old year and the beginning of a new one finds me rummaging. Trying to clear out the clutter to begin … at least in spirit … to be organized. This, of course, is not a resolution; I gave up on those a long time ago. It is, however, an attempt, however feeble, to get my house in order which, after this past year, is no small feat!

Resolutions, as admirable and well-intentioned as they may be, have a tendency to be very selfish
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Thoughts from your Regional Formation Director - January, 2015

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

May I take this opportunity to wish you all a happy and healthy New Year. My prayer is that the Lord Jesus fills your life in the coming year with an abundance of blessings.

Let us begin again this New Year to be at peace and love in our daily lives and in our Franciscan family. We need each other. Saint Francis with the help of God made us family – like-minded people to be filled with joy and love for each other and to be forgiving.

In the year 1965 Pope Paul VI spoke at
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Fr. Francis' Greetings - January, 2015

January 2015

Dear Sisters and Brothers in St. Francis,

The Lord bless you and keep you.

The Lord let His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you!

The Lord look upon you kindly and give you peace!

The Lord give you His peace and blessings now and throughout the New Year!

The prophet, speaking in the name of God, says, My Word will not return without fulfilling the purpose for which It was sent (Isaiah 55:11). From the very beginning of time, when the Almighty
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Fr. Francis' Reflections - January, 2015

January 2015

All-powerful, most holy, Almighty and supreme God,

Holy and just Father, Lord King of heaven and earth

we thank You for Yourself, for through Your holy will

and through Your only Son with the Holy Spirit

You have created everything spiritual and corporal

… making us in Your own image and likeness,…

We thank You…

Following are excerpts taken from various Franciscan writings that refer to St. Francis lover of Chastity. Daily meditative phrases based on: – Readings from Pope John Paul
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