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Minute Meditations
St. Nicholas Minute Meditations
The critical eye of modern history makes us take a deeper look at the legends surrounding Saint Nicholas. But perhaps we can utilize the lesson taught by his legendary charity, look deeper at our approach to material goods in the Christmas season and seek ways to extend our sharing to those in real need.
— from Saint of the Day

Thursday, December 6, 2012
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