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Minute Meditations
Digesting God Minute Meditations
Salvation history shows that feeding God’s people required more than food miraculously appearing in the desert. It required God coming to earth in order to feed us with a particular food: himself!
— from Epic Food Fight

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
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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.

 
INSPIRATIONAL PICKS
Through the Year With Mary

Start the New Year off right with these daily insights on the Mother of God!

The Rosary Project
This unique celebration of prayer and song will lead you deeper into the life of Christ! (2CDs)
150 Bible Verses Every Catholic Should Know

Ignorance of scripture is ignorance of Christ. Do you know these Bible passages?

Mysteries of the Virgin Mary

On this Feast of the Immaculate Conception, grow closer to Mary with this beautiful book by Fr. Peter John Cameron, O.P.


 
CATHOLIC GREETINGS
St. Joseph, Husband of Mary
Now honored as patron of the universal Church, this humble carpenter devoted his life to caring for Mary and Jesus.
Happy Birthday
While we celebrate the passing of one year we also ask God’s blessings on the one ahead.
St. Patrick
This patron saint of Ireland grew in his understanding of God through his ministry with and for God’s people.
Second Sunday in Lent
Lent invites us to open our hearts, minds and bodies to the grace of rebirth.
St. Patrick's Day
Share an Irish blessing with friends and family: “May the road rise up to meet you. May the wind be ever at your back…”



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