To whoever may read this blog, a very Merry Christmas! May the joy, peace, happiness, and blessings of the Savior whose birth we celebrate be yours now and throughout the new year!
O sweet infant Saviour, give to us that peace which you came to bring on the earth. Peace to the young and the old, to the poor and the sick, to the sorrowful and to all of good will. Peace on earth to all nations, especially to Your Holy Church and to Your Vicar the Pope who like You suffers from the hands of others. Peace to the world at war that your kingdom may begin! Peace to all of good will, that their minds may be enlightened by Your truth, uniting them in Your love ... [From a Christmas Sermon by Servant of God Isaac Hecker, St. Paul the Apostle Church, NY, December 25, 1870]