Good Jesus, Saint Francis Anthony of Lucera led a life that overflowed with love. His compassion and aid went to every needy person he could find. It was he who originated the idea of collecting gifts for poor families during the Christmas season. I ask him to pray for gift-giving ministries that provide Christmas joy to needy people. O Lord, show me which families to buy presents for and which organizations to give donations to. As I shop for my own family and friends, keep me from turning Your birthday into a materialistic holiday. Help me to give generously the gifts of love. Saint Francis Anthony, pray for us. Amen.
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