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New Year, New Beginnings...

With the advent of our savior’s birth and its celebration, it’s easy to take a few moments and consider how the opportunity to make a new start is afforded to each of us in a plethora of ways. As example, we can enter into the Christmas season at that First Sunday of Advent, with all sorts of baggage attained throughout the year. If we’ve paid attention to the liturgies we’ve attended, specifically to the readings offered to us by the Church, we can see an invitation to encounter Jesus, first by anticipating, then by embracing him in his coming to us as a child.

The birth of Christ is an invitation for us to begin again, to see things from a new perspective in light of an encounter with God and the immeasurable width and breadth of His love for us. We’re also beginning a new year. What better time than this to accept the grace and mercy of God and begin anew in our relationship with God, with others, with ourselves.

Here’s to new beginnings. Thanks for your support of Franciscan Media and all our efforts. Here’s to a new year full of faith, hope, and love.

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"And now let us begin this journey, the Bishop and people, this journey of the Church of Rome, which presides in charity over all the Churches, a journey of brotherhood in love, of mutual trust. Let us always pray for one another. Let us pray for the whole world that there might be a great sense of brotherhood.

I will now give my blessing to you and to the whole world, to all men and women of good will."

-Papa Francis quote

He does not know you, yet he prays for you.
He will most likely never meet you, yet he loves you.

This is your chance to show your love, for as the Bible teaches, "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven."