Words of the Saints to Ponder While Journeying Toward Bethlehem
St. Francis of Assisi (1181 – Oct. 3, 1226)
Born: Assisi, Italy
First Stigmatist, War Prisoner, Nursed Lepers, Preacher, “God’s Fool” Author of Canticle of the Sun, and Founder of all Franciscan Orders.
Feast Day: Oct. 4th
Patron Saint of: Ecologists, the Environment, Merchants, Pets, and Animals
“I want to do something that will recall the memory of that Child who was born in Bethlehem, to see with bodily eyes the inconveniences of his infancy, how he lay in the manger, and how the ox and ass stood by.”
Dear Lord Jesus, You came into a stable, cold, far from family, and none of the comforts of home. I believe the animals present could truly see and understand their master and creator lay there before their eyes. Help to see with my eyes my Lord and Savior and recall He came into my world to save me. Beloved Christmas Miracle, save me, I wait and long for your coming.
Hear the Advent Song of the Angel Throng
We will seek His face, we will know His grace,
We will worship at His shrine;
All our treasure lay at His feet today,
As we hail Him king divine!
Glory be to God, in the highest, praise!
Peace on earth, goodwill to men.
Roll the angel song all the earth along,
Till the Lord shall come again!