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Choosing Family Sunday, December 29, 2013
Francis and the Incarnation Sunday, December 22, 2013
Patience and Joy Sunday, December 15, 2013
Francis and John the Baptist Sunday, December 8, 2013
Already but Not Yet Sunday, December 1, 2013
Christ Reigns from the Cross Sunday, November 24, 2013
The End of the World? Sunday, November 17, 2013
Married to Lady Poverty Thursday, November 14, 2013
A Headlong Pursuit of Jesus Sunday, November 3, 2013
The Divine Light Sunday, October 27, 2013
God Loves Us as We Are Sunday, October 20, 2013
We See Jesus in the Poor Sunday, October 13, 2013
Rejoice and be glad Sunday, October 6, 2013
Francis and the Sultan Sunday, September 29, 2013
Praise God Always Sunday, September 22, 2013
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Apollonia: The persecution of Christians began in Alexandria during the reign of the Emperor Philip. The first victim of the pagan mob was an old man named Metrius, who was tortured and then stoned to death. The second person who refused to worship their false idols was a Christian woman named Quinta. Her words infuriated the mob and she was scourged and stoned. 
<p>While most of the Christians were fleeing the city, abandoning all their worldly possessions, an old deaconess, Apollonia, was seized. The crowds beat her, knocking out all of her teeth. Then they lit a large fire and threatened to throw her in it if she did not curse her God. She begged them to wait a moment, acting as if she was considering their requests. Instead, she jumped willingly into the flames and so suffered martyrdom.</p><p>There were many churches and altars dedicated to her. Apollonia is the patroness of dentists, and people suffering from toothache and other dental diseases often ask her intercession. She is pictured with a pair of pincers holding a tooth or with a golden tooth suspended from her necklace. St. Augustine explained her voluntary martyrdom as a special inspiration of the Holy Spirit, since no one is allowed to cause his or her own death.</p> American Catholic Blog We can find Christ among the despised, voiceless, and forgotten of the world. We have to move beyond that which we wish to ignore and forget about: embrace the seemingly un-embraceable, love the unlovable, and dare to know what we most fear and wish to leave unknowable.

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CATHOLIC GREETINGS
St. Valentine's Day
Bring candy and flowers but send an e-card.

Our Lady of Lourdes
Celebrate our Blessed Mother who never tires of interceding on our behalf.

Ash Wednesday
Throughout these 40 days we allow our pride to fade into humility as together we ask for forgiveness.

Mardi Gras
Promise this Lent to do one thing to become more aware of God in yourself and in others.

St. Josephine Bakhita
Today we honor the first saint from the Sudan, who was a model of piety and humility.




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