ONLY Hours till the BIRTH of CHRIST,
and this is the 26th day of the ADVENT season.
“HO, HO, HO-ly God, We Praise Thy Name!”
Quote or Joke of the Day:
A friend was coming out of church one day, and the priest was standing at the door shaking hands, when grabbed my friend and pulled him aside. The priest said, “You need to join the Army of Christ!” My friend said, “I’m already in the Army of Christ.” The Priest questioned, “How come I only see you at Christmas and Easter Masses?” He whispered back, “I’m in the secret service.”
And suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying: “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.” (NAB Lk 2:13-14)
Picture countless angels appearing to you singing praises to God, in your presence. It would definitely ‘freak’ me out! Divine beings, more holier ‘than thou,’ and greater than any human; recognizing the goodness and love that flows from God. Jesus’ birth fulfills the OT prophesies of peace without weapons. It would be great to think and live more of this aspect of God’s plan for mankind today, and get rid of all the weapons that can kill ALL mankind many times over. I truly pray some politicians are reading this blog [pass it one].
God’s peace is more than the absence of war. It also includes security and the well-being for everyone. His plan of peace is all around us today, and is there just for the asking. We are being invited to be in God’s family. All we need to do, is to look for Jesus in everyone we meet; including those we do not like. We also need to do as Jesus would do. My wife once told me, “just act as if Jesus was looking over your shoulder.” You know, actually, He IS!!!
Pax et Bonum
Dan Halley, SFO
Secular Franciscan Order (SFO) Rule #24:
To foster communion among members, the council should organize regular and frequent meetings of the community as well as meeting with other Franciscan groups, especially with youth groups. It should adopt appropriate means for growth in Franciscan and ecclesial life and encourage everyone to a life of fraternity. The communion continues with deceased brothers and sisters through prayer for them.