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Minute Meditations
True Liberation Minute Meditations
All Christians have an obligation to witness to their faith and to support missionary activity. A person who accepts the call to be a missionary must be convinced that true liberation consists in opening oneself to the love of Christ.
— from Catholic Update Guide to the New Evangelization

Wednesday, July 10, 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
Summer
While you relax keep in touch with friends and family through e-cards.
Caregiver
Our lives are interwoven with one another and we are called to respond generously to those in need.
Happy Birthday
Send a birthday wish that each tomorrow of the coming year will be full of life and peace!
Mary's Flower - Rose
Mary, center us as you were centered.
Vacation
Keep the holiday spirit and send an e-card to schedule another summer cookout!



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