Merry Christmas!

Dear FGR Family,

Is it just me or does Christmas always come when we need it most . . . when we need Him most. As the prophet Isaiah foretold, Jesus is our “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace.” These titles are not just who Jesus is, but what He offers us. And it’s not just at Christmas that He offers us these gifts, but every day.

I invite you to join me in praying with these titles of our Savior and I offer to you some resources that may help you draw more deeply into the gifts Jesus has prepared for each of us this Christmas season:

Wonderful Counselor: Let us run to Jesus this Christmas with all of our struggles and allow Him to guide our paths. One of the most helpful books I have read on discernment is Fr. Michael Scanlon’s, What Does God Want?

Mighty God: As Fr. John Riccardo explains so well in his book, Rescued, Jesus came to do battle for our souls. The only way the Son of God hangs on a cross is if He chooses to be there. By His suffering, death and resurrection, Jesus defeated sin and death, and bought our salvation. If He would do THAT for us, what wouldn’t He do for His beloved?

Everlasting Father: Our God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Through the storms of life, God is our anchor, our fortress, our deliverer. Scott Hahn’s A Father Who Keeps His Promises, shares beautifully God’s covenant love in scripture.

Prince of Peace: I would love this Christmas to meet the Prince of Peace, wouldn’t you? He awaits your visit with His mother, the Queen of Peace. One of my favorite books on finding the peace of God is Father Jacques Philippe’s Searching for and Maintaining Peace.

Amidst all the busyness of the season, I pray we can quiet our hearts and spend quality time with the newborn King of Kings. Know of my prayers for you and your loved ones this Christmas and throughout the new year.

What a joy it is to serve as your president!

Wishing you a joyful Christmas and a blessed New Year,

Joe Jordano

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