SIXTH DAY IN THE OCTAVE OF CHRISTMAS
-From Pope Francis
Dear brothers and sisters,
may the Holy Spirit today enlighten our hearts,
that we may recognize in the Infant Jesus,
born in Bethlehem of the Virgin Mary,
the salvation given by God to each one of us,
to each man and woman [and child] and to all peoples of the earth.
May his redeeming strength
transform arms into ploughshares,
destruction into creativity,
hatred into love and tenderness.
Then we will be able to cry out with joy:
Our eyes have seen your salvation.
Father Bill +