“Do not be afraid; for behold, I bring you good news of a great joy which will come to all the people.” 
– Luke 2:10

Merry Christmas!
I am praying that this season finds you and your family well and persevering in any difficulties that may have come.

It has been a great joy to enter formation with the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal in New York City and to begin to experience this life in these last few months alongside my eight other brother postulants.

In our service to our neighbors at our little cafe as well as on our visits to our homeless brothers and sisters on the streets, we often witness their suffering, great and small. In the time spent with them, we are reminded, many times by the poor themselves, of the need to long for the continued coming of Jesus into our lives. And in our time of prayer, we get to see glimpses of the longing that Jesus has to come to us!

May this Christmas season bring to each of us a real grace to experience God with us – Emmanuel – who so desires to share in our joys and sufferings and to give us strength on the journey to our home in Heaven.

Thank you once again for your help in opening the door to religious life for my former Labouré classmates and myself, and for your continued support through your prayers.

Be sure of my prayers for you and your intentions, especially at our community Mass each morning!
God Bless,

Joseph Lynch
Franciscan Friars of the Renewal
Labouré Alum


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