Our Lady of Guadalupe, patroness of all the Americas, pray for us!

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“Never be afraid of loving the Blessed Virgin too much. You can never love her more than Jesus did.”

— St. Maximilian Kolbe

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“Write: I am Thrice Holy, and I detest the smallest sin. I cannot love a soul which is stained with sin; but when it repents, there is no limit to My generosity toward it. My mercy embraces and justifies it. With My mercy, I pursue sinners along all their paths, and My Heart rejoices when they return to Me. I forget the bitterness with which they fed My Heart and rejoice at their return. Tell sinners that no one shall escape My Hand; if they run away from My Merciful Heart, they will fall into My Just Hands. Tell sinners that I am always waiting for them, that I listen intently to the beating of their heart . . . when will it beat for Me?”

— St. Maria Faustina

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“We’ll still deck the halls, light a few candles, and whisper a few prayers toward the clear night sky, but Christmas reminds us to tend to the fires of friendship, of family, and of community. This Christmas, let your own light shine by taking a moment to acknowledge some special quality in those you love.”

-from A Franciscan Christmas

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