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abcdDear Family,
All I can say is, “What a week!” We inaugurated a new President and we watch for the unfolding of our new administration. Our prayers continue for peace throughout our country.

I just noticed I have two ‘we’s and three ‘our’s in the opening paragraph. I didn’t plan it, but boy, doesn’t that say it all? It is, in fact, OURS; ours to keep or ours to lose.

In the various remarks of politicians and commentators, I’ve heard it a dozen times: “We have a “fragile” democracy.” I’ve been surprised. Maybe that’s because in all my 79 years I just took our democracy for granted. How true it is that you don’t really appreciate something until you’re threatened with its loss or harm.

As I said last week, and maybe a few times more than that, we are not bystanders watching history go by. It’s OUR history. We must not underestimate just how important our prayer is in safeguarding what we value. Listen to Pope Francis!

MESSAGE OF HIS HOLINESS POPE FRANCIS
TO THE 46th PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, JOSEPH R. BIDEN,
ON THE OCCASION OF HIS INAUGURATION AT THE WHITE HOUSE

The Honorable Joseph R. Biden
President of the United States of America
The White House
Washington, DC

On the occasion of your inauguration as the for¬ty-sixth President of the United States of America, I extend cordial good wishes and the assurance of my prayers that Almighty God will grant you wisdom and strength in the exercise of your high office.

Under your leadership, may the American people continue to draw strength from the lofty political, ethical and religious values that have inspired the nation since its founding. At a time when the grave crises facing our human family call for farsighted and united responses, I pray that your decisions will be guided by a concern for building a society marked by authentic justice and freedom, together with unfailing respect for the rights and dignity of every person, especially the poor, the vulnerable and those who have no voice.

I likewise ask God, the source of all wisdom and truth, to guide your efforts to foster understanding, reconciliation and peace within the United States and among the nations of the world in order to advance the universal common good. With these sentiments, I willingly invoke upon you and your family and the beloved American people an abundance of blessings.

FRANCISCUS PP.

I put the A B C D 21 logo on the top of the page because throughout the Archdiocese today is ABCD day. When I read the message of Pope Francis, I couldn’t help but think that his words were perfect for today. He speaks of care for “the poor, the vulnerable and those who have no voice.”

Isn’t that what we’re trying to do each year with the ArchBishop’s Charity Drive? Our goal this year is $112,284. I don’t doubt for a minute that you will come through as usual. I can’t thank you enough in advance. (I’m going to kick up my gift by 10%. No pressure...)

Also, thank you for continuing to bring food to our Drive Out Hunger grocery carts. Maryellen Maher needed to make a number of trips to our storage room and she was very happy to do so.

Thanks to Grace Middlemiss for reminding me that this is the year of St. Joseph and next week we will print for you a personal copy of the prayer Pope Francis recommended.

We continue to pray, fervently, that our fragile democracy strengthens with the faith of its people, especially, you and me.

In Jesus,
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