Christmas Wishes from Friars

Friar Voices

In this season of miracles and hope, it seems as though anything is possible. We asked friars, “If you had one wish this Christmas, what would it be?” Here’s how they responded.

Fr. Robert Bruno, OFM With profound sadness and prayers for the people of Aleppo, Syria, and all victims of ISIS from a friar and veteran, here is my “Grown-Up Christmas List” for a world in need [from the song of the same name]: “No more lives torn apart, that wars would never start, and time would heal all hearts. And everyone would have a friend, and right would always win, and love would never end. This is my grown-up Christmas list.”
–Music by David Foster, lyrics by Linda Thompson Jenner

Br. Michael Charron, OFM
I wish the United States would take in as many Syrian refugees as possible.

Fr. Larry Dunham, OFM
My wish would be for peace in the Holy Land and in the Middle East, where the Friars Minor have been for 800 years. I really don’t have much hope for this – those lands have been in turmoil since before the time of Jesus, and there seems to be little to no progress looming on the horizon. Maybe I don’t have a lot of hope, but it is faith that makes me believe peace will break through one day… faith in the Christmas gift of God’s undefeatable love for us.

Br. Mark Gehret, OFM
My wish would be that many people in our country and the world would turn back to God. I think a lot of the disunity, drop in Mass attendance, eroding values and many other symptoms are in large part a gradual separation from faith in God and a commitment to prayer and practice which nourishes that relationship. I wish that hearts would accept Jesus’ invitation to come to him who is meek and humble, loving and merciful.

Br. Ed Gura, OFM
May we draw ever closer to the poverty of the Son of God and the mercy of Christ our Savior.

Fr. Bruce Hausfeld, OFM
I wish my whole family – my mom, dad, sisters, brothers, who are all gone of course except for Bryant – I wish we could all be together this Christmas, which would be really, really nice. I know it’s just a wish. But I know we’re with them in spirit.

Br. Chris Meyer, OFM
Patience. In our world of technology, instant gratification and demand, we miss the opportunity of waiting: “I need dinner and I need it now!” Remember that old adage, “It’s not the destination, it’s the journey”? I’ve prayed about this. My wish is that we would enter into life with patience.. Of course I’d [also] like greater distribution of the world’s resources and clean drinking water.

Fr. Don Miller, OFM
My deepest wish is that the renewal of Religious life take us to a place where we are truly living a “different” lifestyle; one that challenges our middle-class value system to which we seem so dearly wed.

Fr. John Quigley, OFM
My wish is that Pope Francis would remain pope for 20 more years.

Br. Tim Sucher, OFM
As we prepare to celebrate the birth of the Prince of Peace, I wish for a true and lasting peace, mutual respect and unity among the people of our country and all people throughout the world.