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Minute Meditations
Sacramental Graces Minute Meditations
If you are baptized, if you’ve been confirmed, and indeed every time you receive the Blessed Sacrament in Holy Communion, God gives you the graces you need to be his disciple and live out that challenge, that clarion call of Jesus Christ.
— from The New Evangelization and You

Thursday, September 26, 2013
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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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