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Minute Meditations
United With Mary Minute Meditations
Mary becomes for us someone to help us look at our lives, to show us who we are, to help us become ourselves and to live fully. In turning with devotion to the real life of the Mother of God, in seeing how Mary lived by faith, we might find the courage and grace to do the same, united with her.

— from Catholic Update Guide to Mary

Wednesday, October 16, 2013
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Presentation of Mary: Mary’s presentation was celebrated in Jerusalem in the sixth century. A church was built there in honor of this mystery. The Eastern Church was more interested in the feast, but it does appear in the West in the 11th century. Although the feast at times disappeared from the calendar, in the 16th century it became a feast of the universal Church. 
<p>As with Mary’s birth, we read of Mary’s presentation in the temple only in apocryphal literature. In what is recognized as an unhistorical account, the <i>Protoevangelium of James</i> tells us that Anna and Joachim offered Mary to God in the Temple when she was three years old. This was to carry out a promise made to God when Anna was still childless. </p><p>Though it cannot be proven historically, Mary’s presentation has an important theological purpose. It continues the impact of the feasts of the Immaculate Conception (December 8) and of the birth of Mary (September 8). It emphasizes that the holiness conferred on Mary from the beginning of her life on earth continued through her early childhood and beyond.</p> American Catholic Blog Having a saint to pray to every day for special intentions draws us into a more intimate union with Jesus, who has blessed us with so many heavenly intercessors for all our needs. It is a great privilege to have someone in heaven who cares so much about our innermost desires and personal needs.

 
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CATHOLIC GREETINGS
St. Margaret Mary Alacoque
This 17th-century French nun helped to promote devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
St. Teresa of Avila
Throughout the centuries this saint's writings have provided a model for many who seek a deeper relationship with the Lord.
Bl. Francis Xavier Seelos
This immigrant priest devoted his life to bringing God’s saving love and compassion to others.
Year of Faith 2012-2013
"Without having seen him you love him; though you do not now see him you believe in him and rejoice with unutterable and exalted joy." --1 Peter 1:6-9
Blessed John XXIII
The Church rejoices that on this date in 1962, Blessed Pope John convened the Second Vatican Council.



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