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We praise your glorious name, O mighty God. — 1 Chronicles 29:13
Mass Readings: 1 Maccabees 4:36-37,52-59 / Luke 19:45-48
Today’s saint, the founding nun of the Society of the Sacred Heart and an American missionary, proves middle age is no excuse. Born in France in 1769, St. Rose Philippine Duchesne lived through the Reign of Terror during the French Revolution and, even when all convents were closed, quietly served God by serving others. She saved the lives of priests by hiding them, cared for the sick, and ran a school for poor and orphaned children. At age 49, with only her faith and four sisters, she sailed to America to begin missionary work there.
She’d longed to serve the Native Americans, so finally at age 71, she fulfilled that wish by working with tribes in the Midwest and Rocky Mountains. There she was known as “Woman-Who-Prays-Always.” She died in 1852.
Prayer: Lord God, may I always serve You, no matter what.
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