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<< Friday, August 16, 1996 >> St. Stephen of Hungary
 
Ezekiel 16:1-15, 60, 63
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Isaiah 12 Matthew 19:3-12
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WON BY ONE (see Aug. 30)

 
"The two shall become as one." —Matthew 19:5
 

In marriage, the Lord miraculously makes a man and a woman into one flesh (Mt 19:6). This divine unity is unbreakable and irreversible. This is not the only time the Lord creates a miraculous unity in our lives. By the one Spirit, we have been baptized into the one body of Christ (1 Cor 12:13). This divine unity is the deepest unity possible for a human being. Through Baptism, we have the potential of being united with our baptized brothers and sisters as Jesus and the Father are one (Jn 17:21). We can have Trinity-unity.

From Baptism to Holy Communion to Matrimony, the Lord has created us to be one with Him and each other in a miraculous way. He died "to gather into one all the dispersed children of God" (Jn 11:52). "There is but one body and one Spirit, just as there is but one hope given all of you by your call. There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all" (Eph 4:4-6). "Behold, how good it is, and how pleasant, where brethren dwell at one!" (Ps 133:1)

 
Prayer: Father, give us a unity stronger than self and death.
Promise: "Yet I will remember the covenant I made with you when you were a girl, and I will set up an everlasting covenant with you."—Ez 16:60
Praise: Stephen gave alms to the poor even when they knocked him to the ground.
 
 
 
Nihil obstat: Reverend Robert J. Buschmiller, January 29, 1996
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, February 5, 1996
 
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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