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Give glory and eternal praise to him. -- Daniel 3:59
Mass readings: Daniel 5:1-6,13-14,16-17,23-28 / Luke 21:12-19
Having to deliver a prepared speech is scary enough -- and I can't get enough of practicing in front of the mirror -- but the prospect of an impromptu talk or debate has me petrified! During the persecution of Maximinus, 18-year-old Catherine of Alexandria (d.c. 310) challenged pagan philosophers to a debate. Her arguments led to many converting to Christianity, for which she was scourged and imprisoned. Impressed by this young girl's courage and bold speech, the empress and the leader of Maximinus' army visited Catherine in prison -- and her words led to their conversion!
Jesus' promise to inspire His followers with a wisdom that none can withstand was fulfilled for Catherine. That same promise holds good for us, too. When we're witnessing to God's truth and our own words fail us, the Holy Spirit is our Divine Prompter.
Prayer: Holy Spirit, grant me the words and wisdom to be a powerful witness for Christ.
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