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an email forward from my sister-in-law:


Blessed be the name of Joseph Henceforth and for ever. Amen.   
  Happy Feast of ST.JOSEPH
ST.JOSEPH He was a just man; that means a holy man. He gave to God what belonged to Him and to the creatures what belonged to them. Being ‘just’ means to give every person their due. We must show them love because they all belong to God. God loves us and the others also. We believe that we are tabernacles of the living God. �All did not receive the same amount of talents but I must work with what I have received – with five, two or one. Saint Joseph got two talents – faithfulness and love – to serve Jesus. (Blessed Teresa of Calcutta)

Dear Eveline,

May the Peace and Joy of Jesus fill your heart during this holy season of Lent.

Thank you so very much for all your e-mail.
We are uniting with you in prayer of intercession for Melanie & Dom to Blessed Teresa. Mt 7:7; Mk 11:24; Lk 1:37!
Your petition has been placed on Mother Teresa�s tomb in Calcutta and every Friday the Missionaries of Charity Sisters
in the Motherhouse in Calcutta are offering a Mass at 4 PM for all those seeking Blessed Teresa of Calcutta�s intersession. In Jesus we place our trust.
May Jesus lay his healing hand upon her he and fill her with new hope.

We would be very happy to send you and her a relic and a Novena to Blessed Teresa of Calcutta if you would send us your and her mailing address.
Say often this prayer: Mary Mother of Jesus be Mother to her now and always.
May Our Lady and St Joseph keep you close to Jesus in the Eucharist and may she obtain for you all what you need most at this time.
God bless you and your family.
United in prayer
Sr. M. Elia M.C.

evidently my mother-in-law posted a petition on the Missionaries of Charity website.

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