Written by Cardinal Adam Maida

Loving Father, you know the fears and anxieties that weigh us down even as we prepare to celebrate the joy of your Son's birth among us.

In the darkness of our uncertainty, give us renewed confidence in your providential care and our own potential to work together for a sharing of gifts wherein no one's needs will be lost or forgotten.

May we proclaim with new courage that Jesus your Son is the true light of our lives, the fulfillment of all our hopes and the lasting joy of every human heart.

We ask all this through Jesus your Son who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever. Amen.