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Minute Meditations
Our Highest Priority Minute Meditations
Heavenly Father, how can I make Jesus the highest priority in my life so that I can take his message seriously and be one of his friends and disciples? I can start by opening my heart to your grace so I will be ready to respond to Jesus's call. I ask this in Jesus's name. Amen.
— from Stories of Jesus

Tuesday, August 26, 2014
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Mary Ann of Jesus of Paredes: Mary Ann grew close to God and his people during her short life. 
<p>The youngest of eight, Mary Ann was born in Quito, Ecuador, which had been brought under Spanish control in 1534. She joined the Secular Franciscans and led a life of prayer and penance at home, leaving her parents’ house only to go to church and to perform some work of charity. She established in Quito a clinic and a school for Africans and indigenous Americans. When a plague broke out, she nursed the sick and died shortly thereafter.</p><p>She was canonized by Pope Pius XII in 1950.</p> American Catholic Blog At times Scripture holds a mirror up to our face and we don’t like what we see. The Word is truth, and sometimes the truth is painful. But so is antiseptic on a wound. Scripture challenges us only to heal us and call us to growth. No pain, no gain.

 
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