Archived Prayers

The Work of Christmas

Dear Fellow Alumni and Friends,

The Christmas season has ended, but it’s important to remember that both its message and profound meaning continue. Howard Thurman (1899–1981)—an African-American theologian, educator, and civil rights leader—captures this idea in this poem, which I want to share with all of you. 

The Work of Christmas
When the song of the angels is stilled, 
When the star in the sky is gone,
When the kings and princes are home,
When the shepherds are back with their flocks,
The work of Christmas begins:
To find the lost,
To heal the broken,
To feed the hungry,
To release the prisoner,
To rebuild the nations,
To bring peace among the people,
To make music in the heart.

As Fordham continues to joyfully celebrate its 175th anniversary, let us also be busy with the work of Christmas. 

May God continue to bless you and your loved ones.  

And for those celebrating a reunion anniversary this year, I look forward to seeing you at Jubilee in June.

Father Dan Gatti, S.J., JES ’65, GSE ‘66
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