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Marshal your troops now, city of troops, for a siege is laid against us. They will strike Israel’s ruler on the cheek with a rod. “But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times.” Therefore, Israel will be abandoned until the time when she who is in labor bears a son, and the rest of his brothers return to join the Israelites.
Michah 5, 1-3
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A garden bower in flower
Grew waiting for God’s hand:
Where no man ever trod,
This was the Gate of God.
The first bower was red —
Her lips which “welcome” said.
The second bower was blue —
Her eyes that let God through.
The third bower was white —
Her soul in God’s sight.
Three bowers of love
Now Christ from Heaven above.

— LAWRENCE HOUSMAN
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“Humility is a passive virtue: it is a readiness to accept what is born not of blood, nor of the flesh, nor of man’s will; a readiness to welcome God who comes down.”

Fr. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
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“Behold, from now on shall all generations call me blessed;
for the Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.”
Luke 1, 48-49

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Yours in Jesus and Mary,
Marian Catholic