"Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy."
At this time of the year, we are inspired by the story of the Nativity and the images it provokes. From the poor displaced couple made to give birth to their Son in a stable, to the shepherds caring for their flocks and the gifts of the Magi, we share a collective tradition of gift-giving. One of the strongest messages of Christmas is generosity.
This Christmas, more than ever, we believe it is imperative to have a continued Franciscan voice in the public dialogue. On the core issues embraced by the Franciscan Action Network, we expect to see significant policy shifts in the areas of immigration and refugees, climate, gun violence and peacemaking, poverty, social justice, civil liberties, and money in politics.
Change is coming, no matter who you voted for. Please understand we will need to redouble our efforts in the coming years. If you've given once this year, please consider an additional gift. Already contribute on a monthly basis? Consider an increase in your donation.
For a better understanding of all we have done this year and everything we expect to accomplish in 2017, please click here.
We recognize you as vital partners in the work of the Franciscan Action Network. It is your prayers, your energy, your actions, and financial resources that carry forward the message, philosophy and mission of St. Francis and St. Clare. In these chaotic times, please be as generous as you possibly can. There is more work to do than ever before and this work cannot be done without your continued support.
Click here to donate online or, if you'd rather send in a check, please mail it to P.O. Box 29106, Washington, DC 20017.
Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and the best to you and your families in 2017.
Peace and All Good,
Patrick Carolan Margaret Magee, OSF Fr. Mike Lasky, OFM,Conv.
Executive Director FAN Board President FAN Board Vice President
P.S. All contributions given during this appeal will count toward our new Partners in FAN program being launched early next year!