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January 1

 

The Octave Day of Christmas
Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God

Read

We close out the Christmas octave—the eight days following the birth of Christ—with a day honoring Mary as the Mother of God. Take time to read about the Mother of God today.

Pope Francis walks near a statue of Mary during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican in this May 29, 2013. CNS Photo/Paul Haring

Reflect

January 1 is also the World Day of Peace. In his World Day of Peace Message for 2017, Pope Francis said:

"On this occasion, I would like to reflect on nonviolence as a style of politics for peace. I ask God to help all of us to cultivate nonviolence in our most personal thoughts and values. May charity and nonviolence govern how we treat each other as individuals, within society and in international life. When victims of violence are able to resist the temptation to retaliate, they become the most credible promotors of nonviolent peacemaking. In the most local and ordinary situations and in the international order, may nonviolence become the hallmark of our decisions, our relationships and our actions, and indeed of political life in all its forms."

 

 

Pray

There are a number of prayers for peace to choose from—pray one today.

Act

Visit the US Catholic bishops' Action Center today to find out ways you can advocate for peace around the world.

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