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Minute Meditations
Accepting Reality Minute Meditations
God calls us who we are, with all our deficiencies and difficulties. We are not conceived immaculate. No matter: we are what we are, and it is only when we accept our own reality, as Mary accepted hers, that God can draw us into his fulfillment.
— from Sister Wendy on the Art of Mary

Sunday, December 8, 2013
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Marcellinus and Peter: Marcellinus and Peter were prominent enough in the memory of the Church to be included among the saints of the Roman Canon. Mention of their names is optional in our present Eucharistic Prayer I. 
<p>Marcellinus was a priest and Peter was an exorcist, that is, someone authorized by the Churh to deal with cases of demonic possession. They were beheaded during the persecution of Emperor Diocletian. Pope Damasus wrote an epitaph apparently based on the report of their executioner, and Constantine erected a basilica over the crypt in which they were buried in Rome. Numerous legends sprang from an early account of their death.</p> American Catholic Blog Faith can help us accept that the one who has died is now joined with all those who were part of his or her life, those whom they have loved and who have gone before them. We believe that they are now with God in a fuller way than was possible during their life on earth.

 
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