Daily Eucharistic Reflections

Read or download a special Eucharistic meditation for each day of the year below.

“We have to pay proper respect to Our Lord”

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The great treasure of the Catholic Church is the Eucharist — Jesus himself hidden under the appearances of bread and wine. We believe, as the Catechism states, that “In the most blessed sacrament of the Eucharist ‘the body and blood, together with the soul and divinity, of our Lord Jesus Christ and, therefore, the whole Christ is truly, really, and substantially contained’” (CCC 1374).

Additionally, this Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist does not end immediately when we receive him at Communion time. The Catechism goes on to explain how, “The Eucharistic presence of Christ begins at the moment of the consecration and endures as long as the Eucharistic species subsist” (CCC 1377).

What does that mean when we receive him into our mouths? How long does Jesus’ Real Presence remain in our bodies?

There is a famous story from the life of Saint Philip Neri that helps answer that question. One day while he was celebrating Mass, a man received Holy Communion and left the church early. The man appeared to have no regard for the Presence within him and so Philip Neri decided to use this opportunity as a teaching moment. He sent two altar boys with lighted candles to follow the man outside of the church. After a while walking through the streets of Rome, the man turned around to see the altar boys still following him. Confused, the man returned to the church and asked Philip Neri why he sent the altar boys. Saint Philip Neri responded by saying, “We have to pay proper respect to Our Lord, Whom you are carrying away with you. Since you neglect to adore Him, I sent two acolytes to take your place.” The man was stunned by the response and resolved to be more aware of God’s presence in the future.

It is generally assumed that the Eucharistic species remains for about 15 minutes after reception. This is based on simple biology and reflects the Catechism’s statement that the presence of Christ “endures as long as the Eucharistic species subsist.”

This is why many saints have recommended offering 15 minutes of prayer after receiving the Eucharist as a thanksgiving to God. This allows the soul to savor the presence of God and have a true “heart-to-heart” with Jesus.

In our face paced world it is often difficult to remain long after Mass, but that doesn’t mean we can’t at least pray a brief prayer of thanksgiving. The main point is that we need to remember Jesus’ presence in the Eucharist stays with us for several minutes and presents us with a special time when we can commune with our Lord and feel his love within us.

If one day you forget, don’t be surprised if your parish priest sends altar servers to follow you to your car when you leave Mass early!

January

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January 01

De Maria numquam satis (Concerning Mary there is never enough)
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January 02

Linked in life and feast
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January 03

The fire of His Name
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January 04

Balm to every wound
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January 05

Rooted in the Eucharist
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January 06

Epiphany: setting out anew from Christ
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January 07

How glorious the cup!
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January 08

Like the Angel of His heart
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January 09

Cloistering the heart
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January 10

Making our souls monstrances
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January 11

Deepest hunger: satisfied!
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January 12

A hidden loveliness beyond
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January 13

Feast of the Baptism of the Lord
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January 14

Trysting place of truth
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January 15

Go...just as you are
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January 16

Unspeakable heights
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January 17

Putting the devil to flight
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January 18

Blessed and best atmosphere
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January 19

Altar, tabernacle, monstrance... all three
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January 20

Fire aflame
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January 21

Fruit of friendship
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January 22

May kindness and truth meet
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January 23

Heavenly Food
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January 24

Beautiful, pure, good...you!
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January 25

Going to the end of our being
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January 26

He prepares, He invites
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January 27

Purest intentions
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January 28

It signifies love, it produces love
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January 29

Scattering splendors afar
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January 30

Holy Viaticum
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January 31

Sacrifice's reward

February

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February 01

The final word
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February 02

Jesus: into our hearts
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February 03

Blessings flow!
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February 04

A matter of love
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February 05

Radical newness!
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February 06

They stayed... for love of Him
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February 07

Realizing love
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February 08

A Saint for Prisoners of their Past
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February 09

Beginning love anew
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February 10

From Thee - strength and zeal
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February 11

Above all: centers of devotion to the Eucharist
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February 12

Take the challenge
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February 13

Unspeakable heights
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February 14

Greatest love story
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February 15

Wise counsel, wise living
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February 16

From the silent core
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February 17

Communion rail: place of exchange
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February 18

Understanding the work
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February 19

Nerve center of the Church
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February 20

Graces abound
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February 21

Driving out the beasts
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February 22

Abiding in truth that liberates
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February 23

Sharing in His Chalice
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February 24

When more is more
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February 25

Explosion of Divine power
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February 26

Ardent love compels
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February 27

Sweet... yes, so sweet
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February 28

A vision that leads
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February 29

Homage of faith

March

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March 01

Details make a difference
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March 02

The challenge
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March 03

Consuming zeal for souls
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March 04

Love revived!
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March 05

Where Charity and Love Prevail
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March 06

A Child's Wish
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March 07

Jesus is passing by
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March 08

Stay with God, go with God
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March 09

Consider the angels
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March 10

Novena to St Joseph BEGINS
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March 11

Truth Himself speaks truly
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March 12

His Love: greater than our ingratitude
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March 13

Eucharistic Adoration: fundamental
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March 14

Live as you believe
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March 15

Mirrored in His pupils
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March 16

A ready drop of balm
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March 17

I arise today...through Christ!
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March 18

Bring JOY to the face of your soul
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March 19

Ite ad Joseph! Go to Joseph!
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March 20

Bringing our hearts to His
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March 21

Same Body broken, same Blood flowed
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March 22

Bearing Christ - fully!
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March 23

To be content always
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March 24

Encountering Jesus
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March 25

That generous word..."be it done"
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March 26

For love of priests and of Holy Mass
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March 27

Together: toward holiness
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March 28

Growing in knowledge and love
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March 29

Rightly ordered love
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March 30

Housing Our Lord
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March 31

Morning has broken!

April

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April 01

Now - and true!
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April 02

Be reconciled!
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April 03

Seeking hiddenness
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April 04

Two goods for the choosing
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April 05

Hidden ... yet seen
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April 06

Dedicated ... entirely dedicated
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April 07

Often, in His company
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April 08

Approaching, participating ... life eternal
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April 09

Gathering the scattered
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April 10

The glow in my cheeks
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April 11

Consumed ... by the fire of Divine Love
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April 12

Fully given
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April 13

Holy paradise within grasp!
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April 14

Rendezvous with God
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April 15

O my God, grant me five graces!
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April 16

Source of LIGHT and LOVE for all
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April 17

Joining the joy!
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April 18

Happy are we to be His home!
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April 19

Heart balm
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April 20

A living smile
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April 21

...That our JOY may be full
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April 22

Who needs the Mass?
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April 23

Life: heart - whole, mind - whole
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April 24

Worth remembering
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April 25

Really live!
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April 26

Consecrating the ordinary
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April 27

Highest vocation in this world
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April 28

This is the Way ... walk in it
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April 29

Each drop, precious
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April 30

Liturgy: above all, adoration

May

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May 01

Feast Day: St Joseph the Worker
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May 02

After the great and wondrous prayers
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May 03

Firm foundation
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May 04

"I want God too!"
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May 05

Holy Viaticum
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May 06

Mad with love!
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May 07

First Holy Communion
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May 08

Receive frequently, very frequently!
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May 09

Holy encounter
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May 10

Most tender of friends
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May 11

Earnestly desiring stillness
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May 12

Patroness of First Communicants
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May 13

Heaven's peace plan
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May 14

With the eyes of the spirit
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May 15

Content with grace
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May 16

The invisible, visible
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May 17

A matter of sight
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May 18

Just as you are
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May 19

Queen of all devotions
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May 20

Prayer: best preparation
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May 21

Widen yourself in love
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May 22

He made her heart His
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May 23

Prayer after Holy Communion
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May 24

Day by day
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May 25

Gift upon gift ... grace upon grace
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May 26

Fragrance of Paradise
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May 27

O, Lord, my portion
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May 28

Sweet fact: Real Presence!
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May 29

Apostolic zeal
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May 30

"They're just one thing..."
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May 31

The first "tabernacle" in history

June

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June 01

Believing what is true
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June 02

Love envelops the soul
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June 03

Just as you are...go
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June 04

The veil is thin
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June 05

God's strengthening aid
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June 06

St. Norbert, defender of the Eucharist!
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June 07

Lowest things, knit with the highest
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June 08

Close in heart
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June 09

Christ's inseparable companions
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June 10

Night watch
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June 11

Man's created end
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June 12

Ask great graces
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June 13

Satisfaction guaranteed
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June 14

Reward of listening
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June 15

Mass: returning as though having never left
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June 16

Be what you see
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June 17

Our privileges
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June 18

Sacrament par excellence
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June 19

Holy imprint
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June 20

Partners in praise!
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June 21

Purity of heart
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June 22

Coraggio! (Courage!)
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June 23

Friends of the King
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June 24

But where is the Lamb?
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June 25

His dedicated emissaries
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June 26

Seek, find, love
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June 27

Catechism 101
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June 28

Christ has declared, Christ has established
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June 29

Friends of God
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June 30

I belong to Jesus

July

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July 01

"Always forward, never back.”
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July 02

The JOY of the Church
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July 03

My Lord and my God!
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July 04

"Verso l'alto" - "To the heights!"
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July 05

Unfurl your flags
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July 06

Cor mundum crea in me, Deus (Create a clean heart in me, O God.)
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July 07

The Eucharist: his only strength (Reflection 1 of 2)
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July 08

The Eucharist: his only strength (Reflection 2 of 2)
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July 09

No fear
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July 10

Belonging...entirely
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July 11

Let the wise listen
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July 12

Satanism & the Eucharist
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July 13

Proper orientation
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July 14

"I am not my own..."
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July 15

Quench thy thirst
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July 16

Contemplating, listening, following
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July 17

Chalice of life and light
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July 18

Dusting off the soul
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July 19

Christian bravery
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July 20

No intermediate agents
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July 21

A privilege indeed!
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July 22

Seeking the Beloved
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July 23

Remedy for souls
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July 24

A pleasing sacrifice
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July 25

Ever present, as He said
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July 26

Union with Christ, family and friends
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July 27

"Jesus, what made You so small?"
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July 28

In our midst: day and night
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July 29

Holy echo
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July 30

We live the richest life!
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July 31

Withdraw...to find a life

August

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August 01

Setting hearts ablaze
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August 02

The Eucharist: life of the world!
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August 03

She understood
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August 04

The hungry soul: satisfied
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August 05

Graces are flying forth
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August 06

Transfigured and veiled
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August 07

To pass my days and nights
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August 08

The miraculous answer
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August 09

Leaving our narrowness
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August 10

From glory to glory
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August 11

Close and closer still
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August 12

Choice foods ... even the crumbs
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August 13

On all sides, His presence
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August 14

What miracles!
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August 15

Let us follow her - who follows Him
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August 16

Go...listen...love
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August 17

Our heart's throb
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August 18

Ask great things
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August 19

Grace-laden paths
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August 20

Finding rest, providing rest
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August 21

Most noble, most profitable, sweetest
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August 22

Queenship of Mary
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August 23

To pass entirely into God
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August 24

Home sweet home!
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August 25

Christ's word ... sufficient
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August 26

Co-workers of Christ
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August 27

Knowing our place...in Him
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August 28

God gives His ALL
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August 29

"The never-ceasing silent appeal of the Tabernacle"
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August 30

"Come to my help"
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August 31

What union compares?

September

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September 01

The worth of a moment
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September 02

Sacrament of awesome might
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September 03

More you
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September 04

Hope has a name!
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September 05

Belonging entirely - to Jesus!
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September 06

Carrying away heaven
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September 07

Spiritual dew
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September 08

Death through Eve, life through Mary
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September 09

To love as we ought
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September 10

Sweet comfort
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September 11

Like a river in a flood
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September 12

O name of Mary! Joy in the heart
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September 13

Toward heaven
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September 14

How splendid the cross of Christ!
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September 15

Gift of the Queen
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September 16

In a word
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September 17

Food that sustains
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September 18

Sole soul satisfaction
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September 19

Holy places
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September 20

In His light we see light
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September 21

Sharing in that saving joy
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September 22

Choice paths
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September 23

Perfumes of strength
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September 24

All things made new
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September 25

Crux, Hostia, et Virgo
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September 26

Linked in life and in death
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September 27

Going to Jesus from Jesus
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September 28

What could it mean?
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September 29

Guardians of power and love
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September 30

He provides; we trust

October

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October 01

Prayer of the heart
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October 02

Remembering our holy companions
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October 03

How consoling is the Eucharist
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October 04

Hold nothing back
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October 05

Inexhaustible spring of mercy
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October 06

The cross is steady
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October 07

Two marvelous fonts of grace
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October 08

Work hard? Eat well, live fully
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October 09

Belonging to those waiting for the Word
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October 10

Simplicity ... of words, of faith
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October 11

Solution of all troubles
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October 12

Awakening holy ideas
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October 13

Entrusting ourselves to Jesus ... through Mary
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October 14

A wellbeing that thrills
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October 15

Opening the eyes of the soul
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October 16

No progress in prayer?
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October 17

Wheat of God
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October 18

Bearing good news
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October 19

They have drunk His cup
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October 20

Your heart: a living tabernacle
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October 21

Love compels
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October 22

To be or not to be
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October 23

SALT and LIGHT for others
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October 24

A message by the gates of hell
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October 25

Achieving the apparent impossible
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October 26

Walking in strength
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October 27

Magnet for the friends of God
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October 28

My heart, a resting place
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October 29

No matter the cost
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October 30

Never be hungry again
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October 31

The best prayer

November

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November 01

The best prayer
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November 02

All Souls' Day
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November 03

Better not bitter
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November 04

Rewards of silence
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November 05

Union without compare
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November 06

Go - with JOY
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November 07

Trust His influence
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November 08

Our actions are telling
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November 09

House of prayer ... for all time
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November 10

Transformed!
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November 11

Love God, serve God
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November 12

Of friendship
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November 13

Pillar of FIRE
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November 14

Love begets love
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November 15

O Blood of Jesus ... irrigate the Church
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November 16

Sts. G and G, pray for us!
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November 17

Close to the hidden Jesus
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November 18

May times of refreshing come
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November 19

When we know how to find Him
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November 20

Awesome is the altar
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November 21

"Behold the heavenly tabernacle!"
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November 22

Voices - singing out, ringing out!
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November 23

"¡Viva Cristo Rey!"
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November 24

Renewed by the one Bread
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November 25

Above all: to adore
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November 26

In the quiet of the heart
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November 27

Hunger and thirst: satisfied!
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November 28

Approaching Him: plainly, simply
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November 29

Clearly Jesus
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November 30

At once ... they followed

December

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December 01

Our existence, our goal
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December 02

Letting ourselves be found
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December 03

A witness worthy of heaven!
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December 04

Participating in divine fire
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December 05

Pausing...to grasp a presence
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December 06

His life - an Advent!
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December 07

Throw wide the gate of your heart
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December 08

The Lord has done marvelous deeds
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December 09

Errand of love
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December 10

The Eternal Word leapt down from Heaven
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December 11

Never lose a Communion
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December 12

No worries!
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December 13

Temples of the Holy Spirit
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December 14

The heavens and the earth drink there
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December 15

The sight of Faith
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December 16

For in us, too, Christ rests
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December 17

O, the heavenly rhythm of liturgy
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December 18

Ecce veniet! — He is about to arrive!
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December 19

Returning love...to Love
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December 20

Emptying...to make room
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December 21

Unending pregnancy, perpetual birth
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December 22

He both leads us and journeys towards us
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December 23

His places of rest
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December 24

Our abiding Bethlehem
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December 25

The heavens have distilled honey
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December 26

Blood of the martyrs, seed of the Church
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December 27

Following the Apostle of Charity
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December 28

Communion: delight to your Infant Savior
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December 29

To warn, to lead, to bring them back
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December 30

The Food of Angels here
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December 31

Open wide the door
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