Christmas and the spirit of poverty

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Finally about nine o’clock, St. Joseph came back, utterly overcome, crying and trembling with heartbreaking sorrow. Mary consoled him tenderly. Then he told her of a shepherd’s shelter outside the town. And she said:
“That will be perfectly satisfactory to me. Let us lovingly embrace poverty, dear Joseph, and go gladly wherever the Lord guides us.”

Source: The Life of Mary as seen by the Mystics by Raphael Brown
Compiled from the revelations of St. Elizabeth of Schoenau, St. Bridget of Sweden, Ven. Mother Mary of Agreda, Sister Anna Catherine Emmerich
Imprimatur June 8, 1951

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In the Rosary, poverty is also the virtue associated with the third Joyful Mystery, the Nativity: “Through this mystery, Blessed Virgin Mary, grant us the virtue of poverty.”

Merry Christmas everyone! May we willingly embrace poverty just as the Holy Family did.

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