Dear Friends,

May the Lord give you peace!   Yesterday at the General Audience and in anticipation of today’s celebration of the Presentation of the Lord, which is also the World Day of Consecrated Life Pope Francis asked people to pray for the priests, sisters and brothers belonging to contemplative and apostolic Religious Institutions.   The Pope said:  “Their life dedicated to the Lord, their charismatic service, will bear abundant fruit for the good of the faithful and for the evangelizing mission of the Church.”

The Holy Father asked the faithful to pray that “through their witness of life, they may radiate to the world that love of Christ and the grace of the Gospel.”

On this special day I invite you to pray for all Franciscans in Ireland and throughout the world.

God bless you all,