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On December 7, we remember those who perished in 1941 as a result of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor that hastened the United States' entry into World War II. 2,403 Americans lost their lives on "a date which will live in infamy," as President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared on the following day. Take time today to remember in prayer the victims of all wars, our veterans and those currently serving in the military.
December 7 is also the Feast day of the "Martyrs of Africa," approximately 200, many unnamed or for whom there is little if any biographical information. According to Catholic Saints-online, "this is the collective name of those who died for their faith in Africa Latina, the northwestern region of the continent." Today, the Catholic faith is spreading rapidly on the African continent, but the Church there is poor and has many needs. Find out how you can help by supporting the Solidarity Fund for the Church in Africa.
Today's Jesse Tree Symbol & Reading
Today we hang a trumpet on the Jesse Tree. According to God's instructions to Joshua, the walls around the besieged city of Jericho crumbled at the trumpets of ram horns blown by holy men and the spoils were left for the Israelites. Read the story of Joshua and the fall of Jericho in Joshua 1:1‐11, 6:1‐20.
— Anne-Marie Welsh for Faith magazine, published by the Diocese of Erie.
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