Dear Parishioners and Friends of St. Francis of Assisi Church,

May the Lord give you peace.

In light of the events of January 6th, I ask your prayers for the healing of our nation. The wrongful actions at our nation’s capital are reflective of the divisions we experience.  We are overwhelmed by the pain and struggle that fear has engendered.

I ask your prayers for our nation. Perhaps, we could simply reflect on the judgment scene in Matthew 25 and praying the peace prayer. Perhaps, we could reflect on how we each participate in the divisiveness. What do our words, silence, and actions say about the compassion which marks us as disciples?

I give thanks for your good judgment and your commitment to the life of the Gospel. We pray for everyone involved in today’s activity. May the peace of Christ prevail, and may we discern how best we can be the “light of the world.”

Again, please take some time for prayer. This particular event may be over, but the wound will not quickly be healed.

The friars and staff are praying with you.

Peace and all good,

Fr. Tom, ofm