Monthly Archives: December 2017

Our response to the gift of Jesus? – ‘Thank you,’ Pope says New Year’s Eve

Vatican City, Dec 31, 2017 / 09:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- At Vespers for the close of 2017, Pope Francis said that the only adequate response to God’s gift of His Son Jesus is one of profound gratitude for the many graces we’ve been given, particularly in the last year.

From Mary “the Church has inherited and continuously inherits this inner perception of fullness, which nourishes a sense of gratitude, as the only human response worthy of the immense gift of God,” the Pope said Dec. 31.

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December 31: Exodus 19:4; Deuteronomy 1:31; Deuteronomy 32:11–12; 1 Samuel 7:12; Psalm 48:14; Psalm 55:22; Isaiah 46:4; Isaiah 63:9; Matthew 6:25; Matthew 6:32; Joshua 13:1; Isaiah 33:17; Matthew 5:48; 1 Corinthians 2:9–10; Philippians 1:9; Philippians 3:12; Hebrews 4:9; 2 Peter 1:5–7

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December 30: 1 Corinthians 1:8; Philippians 1:10; Philippians 2:15; Colossians 1:21–23; 2 Peter 3:14; Jude 24–25; 1 Samuel 2:9; Proverbs 4:11–12; Proverbs 4:14–15; Proverbs 4:25–27; John 13:10; 2 Timothy 4:18; 1 John 1:6–7

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Matthew 12:33-35

“Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit. You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of. A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him.

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