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Minute Meditations
Salvation is Free Minute Meditations
Though Christ’s suffering and death are for all people, salvation is not forced upon anyone: It must be freely accepted. Neither is salvation something that any person merits. It is a free gift.
— from Jesus: What Catholics Believe

Saturday, November 3, 2012
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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. Martin de Porres
Though born in Peru, this 16th-century Dominican brother is a popular patron for many African American Catholics.
All Souls
May the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace.
All Saints
The Church rejoices today in gratitude for all the faithful in heaven and on earth!
All Hallows Eve
Christians can celebrate Halloween because we believe that good will always triumph over evil.
Encouragement
Finding other people who have gifts when our abilities fail is not weakness, it is wisdom.



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