Minister’s Message for January 2018
Dearest brothers and sisters in Jesus, the Christ!
During our Christmas celebration, I shared a prayer written as a gift to our fraternity members.
Many of you asked me to share it in the newsletter:
Dear Father in heaven, we praise and bless your holy name. We await the coming of your Son
as we prepare our hearts to receive Him. Oh, Blessed Joy! Oh, long-awaited Messiah! We bow
down with grateful adoration to you, our Lord, for your mercy and grace—for it is through the
gift of your Son that we receive the gift of Salvation! The light of the world is coming—help us to
receive your light with a gracious and open heart—help us to carry out our promise to you as
professed Secular Franciscans by sharing the light of the gospel with each and every person
that we know, and each and every person that we are still to meet.
Thank you, Father. Thank you Holy Spirit. Thank you, Mary. Thank you, Jesus.
Your sister in Christ,
Iraela Garcia, OFS
Servant Minister, St Anthony Community, OFS