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The Holy Family. Francesco Vanni (1563 – 1610). Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest. Own work, Yelkrokoyade, 2013-07-20.

Opening Prayer: Jesus, Our Treasure by Ven. Bruno Lanteri

O, Jesus, you descended in the fullness of time from the royal throne; O you who are most desired of all. You came from the height of heaven to visit us, and we are overwhelmed with joy, for as soon as the eternal Father had seen you born in our flesh, he made the angels proclaim peace and grace to all of good will. Freeing us from all misery, the Father gave us his kingdom and filled us with all your good. Make our hearts open and able to hold so great a treasure. Amen.

Fruit of the Spirit: Modesty

Scripture: 1 Corinthians 6:19-20
Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God? You are not your own; you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.

Action for the Day: Today we remember the Holy Family. That first Christmas could not have been more modest than to have been spent among animals with Jesus lying in a manger. Jesus, Mary and Joseph lived a humble life in the virtually unknown town of Nazareth, despite the impeccability of Jesus and Mary and the reputation of Joseph as an excellent carpenter. The worldly spirit seeks to make an ostentatious show of itself; today remember the Spirit of modesty in your behaviors and appearance. The Holy Spirit has made of you a holy temple.