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Prayer for Courage Minute Meditations
Lord, please give me courage to love you. Give me courage to serve you. Give me courage to tell others about you. Give me courage to grow closer to you. Give me courage to pick up my cross each day as you picked up yours. Remove from me all fear so that you can put me to work for your kingdom. Amen.
— from The New Evangelization and You

Wednesday, September 25, 2013
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