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December 13


Memorial of Saint Lucy, Virgin and Martyr

  • Today's Feast of St. Lucy, is marked by pageants and festivals in Scandinavia & Italy. Research an Advent or Christmas custom of your own family's ethnic heritage and try it this year.

  • St. Lucy's name is taken from the root for the word "light," a very important theme in Catholic social teaching.  Take some time to review the bishops' guiding document for parish social ministry in the United States, Communities of Salt and Light and reflect on whether your parish is a community "of faith, of action, and of hope."

  • On Copacabana Beach at World Youth Day this summer, the Holy Father told the young people gathered: "You too, dear young people, can be joyful witnesses of his love, courageous witnesses of his Gospel, carrying to this world a ray of his light. Let yourselves be loved by Christ, he is a friend that will not disappoint."  Encourage the youth and young adults in your families and parish communities to carry that ray of light into their world – and to share the Gospel with their peers (especially those less active in the practice of their faith).

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