Happy Feast of Blessed Mary Frances Shervier, member of the Secular Franciscan Third Order and founder of the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor!
Frances dedicated herself and her congregation to the healing of all persons, especially the poor and the suffering. “I believed that I saw the Lord himself in the poor and the sick, and I was overjoyed at being able to serve and care for him.”
Today’s prayer for Christmas shares the compassion Frances had for the sick. It comes from Charlie, a retired mental health worker and friend of returned missioners Lee and Jean Lechtenberg.

“My prayer this Christmas is that we have more compassion and understanding of those with mental illness.”

Charlie prays each Mass for “our brothers in prison” because he knows a young man serving time who is mentally ill, not criminal.

Photo by Shad Gross