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Get beyond the words to God. Don’t make even the words of Scripture an idol. They are not meant to be worshipped as such. They are meant to lead us to God.
— from The Gospels According to Saint Francis

Friday, May 2, 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.

 
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CATHOLIC GREETINGS
Mother's Day
Choose a Catholic Greetings e-card for each of the important women in your life.
St. Joseph the Worker
Today we remember that human work has dignity when it contributes to the divine work of creation.
National Day of Prayer (U.S.)
Remind friends and family to ask God’s blessing on our nation tomorrow and everyday.
St. Catharine of Siena
This 14th-century scholar combined contemplation and action in service to God and the Church.
Happy Birthday
While we celebrate the passing of one year we also ask God’s blessing on the one ahead.



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