Ash Wednesday Begins the Hours of the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ
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THE CROSS Vatican City, 8 September 2013 (VIS) – Pope Francis, following yesterday’s fast and prayer vigil for peace in Syria, the Middle East and all over the world, returned to the theme of peace during the Angelus at midday today. He commented on today’s Gospel reading in which Jesus states the condition for his …View full post
APOSTOLIC JOURNEY TO ZIMBABWE, BOTSWANA, LESOTHO, SWAZILAND AND MOZAMBIQUE HOLY MASS IN THE PRO-CATHEDRAL OF ROMA (LESOTHO) HOMILY OF JOHN PAUL II Feast of the Triumph of the Cross Wednesday, 14 September 1988 Dear Brothers and Sisters, 1. Today it is my great joy to be together with you, the faithful of the Church in …View full post
September 13, 2013 Pope: There is no such thing as innocent gossip (Vatican Radio) He who speaks ill of his neighbor is a hypocrite who lacks the courage to look to his own shortcomings. Speaking during his homily at morning Mass at the Domus Sanctae Marthae, Pope Francis focused on the fact that gossip has …View full post
THE JOY OF GOD IS THE JOY OF FORGIVENESS Vatican City, 15 September 2013 (VIS) – At midday today Pope Francis appeared at the window of his study to pray the Angelus with the faithful gathered in a St. Peter’s Square full of umbrellas owing to the heavy rainfall in the capital this morning. …View full post
Pope Benedict: ‘God Manifests Himself as Father in Creation’ Pontiff Continues Catechesis Series on the Creed By Junno De Jesús Arocho Esteves VATICAN CITY, February 06, 2013 (Zenit.org) – Pope Benedict XVI continued his catechesis on the Creed, focusing on God as Creator of heaven and earth. The Holy Father addressed thousands of pilgrims …View full post
THE POPE TO CATECHISTS: DO NOT BE AFRAID OF GOING BEYOND YOUR BOUNDARIES – GOD IS ALREADY THERE Vatican City, 28 September 2013 (VIS) – “Catechesis is a pillar for education in faith. … Even though at times it may be difficult, it is necessary to work hard and make efforts for which you don’t …View full post
Pope Explains Primacy of Peter via Scripture – Draws From Gospels and Acts of the Apostles VATICAN CITY, JUNE 7, 2006 Benedict XVI used the Gospels and other biblical passages to explain how Christ entrusted a pre-eminent role to Peter among the apostles, to guarantee unity in the Church. Addressing the 50,000 people gathered today …View full post
ANGELUS: THE NEED TO PRAY INSISTENTLY Vatican City, 20 October 2013 (VIS) – At midday the Pope appeared at the window of his study to recite the Angelus with the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square and, before the Marian prayer, he commented on today’s Gospel reading in which Jesus tells a parable on …View full post
THE CHURCH IS ROOTED IN THE APOSTLES BUT LOOKS TO THE FUTURE Vatican City, 16 October 2013 (VIS) –…During the catechesis of the Pope’s general audience in St. Peter’s Square, he stated that “to profess that the Church is apostolic means underlining her constitutive bond with the Apostles, with that small group of twelve …View full post
Pope Francis Reflects on the Nature of Hope Speaks on St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans During Morning Mass By Junno Arocho Esteves VATICAN CITY, October 29, 2013 (Zenit.org) – During his morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta today, Pope Francis reflected on the nature of Hope, saying that it is not optimism but …View full post
POPE FRANCIS: LET THE LORD MAKE YOUR LIFE INTO A GIFT OF LOVE Vatican City, 4 November 2013 (VIS) At midday on Sunday the Holy Father appeared at the window of his study in the Vatican Apostolic Palace to pray the Angelus with the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s Square. Francis dedicated his Sunday meditation …View full post
In his First Message for the Lenten Season, Pope Francis Focuses on the Poverty of Christ in Becoming Man Vatican City, Feb 4, 2014 / 06:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his first message for the Lenten season, Pope Francis focuses on the poverty of Christ in becoming man, emphasizing that it is our duty to …View full post
Pope Benedict calls Mary a ‘Perfect Model’ of Obedience to Divine Will L’Aquila, Italy, July 4, 2010 / 11:30 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Before leading the Angelus prayer from the Italian city of Sulmona he visited on Sunday, the Holy Father proposed Mary as “the Perfect Model of Obedience to the Divine Will.” He hoped also …View full post
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FROM THE BOOK OF HEAVEN
I continue to live amid the bitternesses of my present state. The thought that Blessed Jesus is making scourges pour down, and that the peoples remain naked and starving, tortures me. And to think that my beloved and Highest Good, Jesus, has remained alone in His Suffering, and I am no longer together with Him in His Pains, oh! how it torments me! It seems to me that Jesus is all attention over me so as not to let me fall into sufferings as before. Even more, He hides all the pains within Himself, to leave me free. And in seeing me afflicted, it seems to me that His intense Love makes Him put His Pains aside to pay attention to my affliction; and He says to me: “Good daughter (Luisa), My daughter, Courage, your Jesus still Loves you—in nothing has My Love for you decreased; and this, because it was not you who refused Me the suffering—no, My daughter would never have done this. They forced you to; and I, in order to give you Peace and to make them see that it was really I who kept you in that state of suffering for so many years—it was neither illness nor any other natural cause, but My Paternal Goodness that wanted to have one who would make up for My Pains on earth; and these, for the Good of all. And now that they have forced you, and have forced Me also with their impositions, I made it cease completely, giving you a break. This says in clear notes that only your Jesus was the Author of your State; but I cannot hide My Sorrow—it is so great that I can say that in the whole history of the world I have never received a similar sorrow from creatures. My Heart is so grieved and torn by this sorrow, that I AM forced to hide from you (Luisa) the deep gash, so as not to embitter you more. And then, to see the indifference of some, and you know who they are, as if they had done nothing to Me, increases My Sorrow, and they force My Justice to continue to pour the scourges. And I will continue, My daughter, to pour the chastisements; I told you this before—that if even just one month would pass, of My keeping you (Luisa) suspended from your State of suffering, they will hear and see how many chastisements will pour down over the face of the earth. And while My Justice does Its Course, we will occupy ourselves together with My Divine Will—I, making It Known to you; and you, receiving the Good of Its Knowledges; because each Knowledge brings the Growth of the Life of My Will in you, and for each act of yours done in the New Knowledge, My Fiat gains more ground in your soul and extends more Its Kingdom in it. More so, since creatures have no power to enter into My Divine Will to disturb us and dictate to us the law; therefore we are free to do whatever we want—we have absolute freedom. Therefore, be attentive to continue to cross Its Interminable Seas.”
Then, while He was saying this, I felt my little intelligence being transported into an abyss of inaccessible Light. This Light concealed all the Joys, all the Beauties; in appearance, it seemed to be Light, but looking inside, there was no Good that it did not possess. And my sweet Jesus added: “My daughter (Luisa), Our Divine Being is Most Pure Light—Light that contains everything, fills everything, sees everything, does everything; Light, such that no one can arrive at seeing where Our Boundaries reach—Its Height and Depth. The creature gets lost within Our Light because she does not find its Shore, its Port, in order to get out. And if the creature takes from this Light of Ours, they are just little drops that serve her to fill herself completely with Light, to the point of overflowing outside. But Our Light does not decrease because the creature has taken from Our Own, but is replaced instantly by the Resurrective Virtue of Our Light. So, Our Supreme Being is always at one level in Perfect Balance. We can give as much as We want if We find souls who want to take from Our Own—without losing anything. Even more, if We find one who wants to take, We set to Work. In fact, you must know that, within Us, there is Perfect Rest, nor do We have anything to do—there is nothing to remove or to place; Our Happiness is Full and Complete, Our Joys are always New. Our One and Only Will, as acting in Us, gives Us the Perfect Rest of the Beatitudes of Our Divine Being, that has no beginning and will have no end. So, this abyss of Light that you see contains an abyss of Joy, of Power, of Beauty, of Love, and so on; and We, while Delighting, Rest in them, because only when nothing is lacking and there is nothing to add—then can it be called True and Absolute Rest. On the other hand, outside of Our Divinity, Our Work comes out into the Field, and this Field is the creatures. Our very Divine Qualities, that inside of Us give Us Rest, outside of Ourselves give Us to Work; and now We make Our Will Work for the Good of creatures. That Divine Fiat, that We put out in the Field in Creation, from which all things came out, never desists from Its Work—It Works Incessantly: It Works by Preserving everything; It Works for It wants to be Known, for It wants to Reign; It Works in Issuing more souls to the Light of the world, and forms Its Admirable Designs to carry out Its Work and to have the occasion to always Work; It Works in withdrawing souls into the Bosom of Eternity. We can call Our Divine Will the All-Doer that never spares Its Continuous Work, even for the Good of those who do not recognize It. Our Love Works, Our Mercy, Our Power Works, and also Our Justice Works for the Good of creatures, otherwise Our Supreme Being would not be a Balanced and Perfect Being, but would show weaknesses if Our Justice were put aside, leaving It aside when there is all the reason for It to do Its Punishing Course. See, then, Our Work is the creatures, because having issued them from within Our Ardor of Love, Our Love leads Us to Work in order to always—always Love them; because, if Our Work ceased, Love would cease, and Creation would resolve into nothing.”
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Our Lady Queen of Peace of Medjugorje’s March 2, 2014
Apparition and Message Given through Mirjana on the Day for Nonbelievers
The following is the message of Our Lady given through Mirjana during her apparition:
“Dear children; I am coming to you as a mother and I desire that in me, as in a mother, you may find your abode, consolation and rest. Therefore, my children, apostles of my love, pray. Pray with humble devotion, obedience and complete trust in the Heavenly Father. Trust as I have trusted when it was said to me that I will bring the blessing of the promise. May out of your hearts, from your lips, always come forth ‘May your will be done!’ Therefore, trust and pray so that I can intercede for you before the Lord, for Him to give you the Heavenly Blessing and fill you with the Holy Spirit. Then He will be able to help all those who do not know the Lord – you, apostles of my love, will help them to call Him ‘Father’ with complete trust. Pray for your shepherds and place your trust in their blessed hands. Thank you.”
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Definitions of the Cross.
As I was in suffering a little more than usual, Blessed Jesus came for a little and told me: “My daughter (Luisa), the Cross is Support of the weak, it is Strength of the strong, it is Seed and Custody of virginity.” Having said this, He disappeared.
Jesus asks her to give Him relief. She sees a man committing suicide.
Continuing in my usual state, I found myself outside of myself with baby Jesus, all afflicted. In seeing Him so afflicted, I said: ‘My dear little one, tell me, what do You want? That I suffer in order to relieve You?’ And He placed himself with His Face to the ground, praying, almost wanting me to interpret His Will, but I could not understand anything. I raised Him from the ground, I kissed Him several times, and I said: ‘My Beloved, I cannot understand what You want. Do You want me to suffer the Crucifixion?’ And He: “No”. He took my arm with His Hand, and my wrist appeared from the cuff of my shirt. In seeing this, I said: ‘Do you want me to be stripped? I feel great repugnance, but for love of You, I submit myself.’
In the meantime, I saw a man who, taken by desperation and by esteem of his own self, was committing suicide – and this, in our town. The baby told me: “I cannot contain so much bitterness – receive part of it.” And He poured a little bit of His bitterness into my mouth. I ran to that man to help him to repent of the evil he had done. The demons were taking that soul, placing it on the fire, and turning it over and over again as if they were roasting it. I freed him as many as two times, and then I found myself inside myself, praying the Lord to have Mercy on that unfortunate soul. Blessed Jesus came back with the Crown of Thorns, so sunken into His Head, that the thorns appeared even inside His Mouth; and He told me: “Ah, My daughter (Luisa), yet many do not believe that the Thorns penetrated even into My Mouth. The sin of pride is so awful as to be the poison of the soul – it kills it. Just as one who has something across his mouth prevents any food from passing into his body to give him life, so does pride prevent the Life of God in the soul. This is why I wanted to suffer so much because of human pride; and in spite of this, the creature reaches such pride that, drunk with pride, he loses the Knowledge of himself, and reaches the point of killing his body and soul.”
To obey, I say that when I told father what I have written above, he assured me that on that morning a man had committed suicide.
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Feast of Saint Katharine Drexel (Last Newsletter)
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The Trial in McCarthy -vs- Fuller continues, although the Defendant has completed her presentation. (See the last newsletter) It is urgent that daily prayers continue, at least for the next few days(first January newsletter). Today, Larry Young, a Counterclaim Defendant, is expected to present his case, followed by a short rebuttal by the Plaintiffs. By the Grace of The Trinity, the case could proceed to Closing Arguments tomorrow or the next day and then be given to Jury for consideration of final verdicts. Please continue to pray that Jesus Who is Truth Himself present in the human nature of all involved will reign and that the Jury will see clearly the Light of Christ in making judgments on each verdict.
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Luisa in the serenity of sister death
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by Padre Bernardino Bucci
At the news of Luisa’s death which occurred on March 4,1947, it seemed that the people of Corato paused to live a unique and extraordinary event. Their Luisa, their Saint, was no more. And like a river in full spate they poured into Luisa’s house to look at her and express their affection to her, for so many years esteemed and beloved by all. On the day of her funeral official mourning was declared in the town. Luisa’s body remained exposed for public veneration (with the permission of the health service’s doctor) to satisfy the thousands of people of Corato and the surrounding area who poured into the house day and night. It was necessary to have recourse to the police to control the flow of people. Everyone was under the impression that Luisa had fallen asleep and was not dead. In fact, her body, laid on the bed, did not undergo rigor mortis. It was possible to raise her hands, move her head in all directions, bend her fingers without forcing them, and raise and bend her arms. Her eyelids could be lifted and one could see her shining eyes, undimmed by death: everyone – strangers, priests, ecclesiastical and civil figures – wanted to see this unique and marvelous case. A great many skeptics left the mortuary chamber shocked, crying and renewed. Luisa seemed alive, as if a placid and serene sleep had stopped her for an instant. Everyone was convinced that she wasn’t dead, and some said: “Call the bishop and you will see that by making the sign of the cross he will awaken her; isn’t Luisa a daughter of obedience?“. This hope expressed the love they all felt for the Servant of God. But a council of doctors, summoned by the religious, civil and health authorities, declared after a careful examination that beloved Luisa really was dead. As long as she remained exposed for public veneration, she gave no sign of corruption nor did her body emanate any odors of putrefaction. Like a queen, she remained sitting on her bed. It proved impossible to lay her out, so that a special “p” shaped coffin had to be built for her, the front and sides of glass so that everyone could see her for the last time. Luisa the Saint, who for about 70 years had always remained sitting up in bed without ever leaving her room, passed among the immense lines of people, borne on the shoulders of a numerous group of sisters of all orders and surrounded by an unspecified number of priests and religious. Her funeral was celebrated by the entire chapter in the main church, with the participation of all the confraternities of Corato…I visited Luisa’s body several times during the four days that she remained exposed, touching her several times and taking some of the flowers that were constantly placed upon her feet and legs, which I have guarded jealously for many years among my books. Many were given to the sick who were healed when they touched them and were able to attend her funeral. As the coffin passed, the bed-ridden were carried to the doors of their houses and many, it was said, received special graces. Luisa was buried in the Calvi family chapel. On July 3, 1963, her mortal remains were returned to Corato, to rest permanently in the parish Church of Santa Maria Greca.
The special coffin, designed with front and side windows
All the townspeople of Corato bid their last farewell to Luisa “the Saint”. The Sisters of the Divine Zeal surround the coffin
March 4, 1947
“Now I die with greater contentment, because the Divine Will has consoled me more than usual with Its presence in these last few moments of my life.
“Now I see a long, beautiful and spacious road, all illuminated by an infinite number of resplendent suns – Oh, yes, I recognize them! They are all my acts done in the Divine Will!
“This is the road that I must now take; it is the road that the Divine Will has prepared for me. It’s the road of my victory: it’s the way of my glory, which will unite me with the immense happiness of the Divine Will.
“It’s my road; it’s the road that I have prepared for you. It’s the road that I will keep reserved for all the souls who will ever want to live in the Divine Will.”
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PATRIARCH SVIATOSLAV: “The role of the church is consistent. During the last
three months, the church, especially the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church,
was with its people. And it will continue to remain with its people. If, God
forbid, we will have to stand together on the battlefield with our soldiers,
with our army, the Ukrainian Church, especially the UGCC, is ready to
provide pastoral support.
Every citizen of Ukraine must be prepared to defend his or her independent
and sovereign state. The church has always sought to defend peace. The
church at all costs tried to prevent bloodshed. Unfortunately, there are
already victims in Ukraine, and bloodshed was not prevented. We will
continue to use every opportunity to relieve tension in society and avoid
THE GUARDIAN: Ukrainian and Russian troops in standoff at Crimean military
base – live updates
STATEMENT: COUNCIL OF BISHOPS OF THE UKRAINIAN ORTHODOX CHURCH OF THE USA
WILL HISTORY BE REPEATED IN UKRAINE? THE PRAYERS OF ALL ARE NECESSARY
As the world was being lured by years of careful calculation, preparation
and machination, all leading up to the Winter Olympics In Sochi, Russia,
into a comfortable belief – or perhaps a desired belief – that the great
bear had finally been domesticated, the people of Ukraine sat outdoors on
cold cobble-stoned streets in Kyiv’s Independence Square – the Maidan -
ready to give their lives in order to be rid of yet another corrupt leader
and to finally breathe the ever fresh air of freedom and of a lifestyle that
enables them to grow and be productive citizens of their nation. For a brief
few days it seemed to be a dream come true when that leader suddenly packed
up and left town and those who had supported him abandoned him. Those who
remained and who had supported the Maidan were suddenly the majority in the
Verkovna Rada – The Ukrainian Parliament – acting with solidarity in the
name of Ukraine first.
Then suddenly, the mask was dropped. Without the slightest provocation or
act of aggression against any Russian speaking citizen of the Crimean
Peninsula or of any other region of the independent nation of Ukraine, the
bear’s claws and fangs were no longer restrained and its military troops
invaded Ukraine. No longer was there any attempt to “improve the image” of
the bear. It would no longer remain in its domesticated realm. Is it once
again setting out to recreate the lost empire? Will this doctrine of
protecting its citizens in Ukraine expand to other nations – even those
never part of the former empire? Regardless of the answers to these
questions, once again our beloved ancestral homeland – Ukraine – is under
threat of suppression and repression.
The world watches. The world says “Stop!” The world says “Go home!” The
world says “Ukraine has the right to self-determination”! In reality,
however, what can simple words accomplish? Will the world find the courage
to do more than pronounce warnings? Will the world, this time, ensure that
Ukraine and her people will not again be subject to a new form of genocide?
Or will the world once again ultimately abandon what it considers a futile
effort to force the bear back into its own domain and simply turn a blind
eye and a deaf ear to the situation? Words are simply words, with no
inherent authority or power. It is what stands behind – and before – those
words that matters. No one envisions a military force entering Ukraine from
the West. This would only inflict more unnecessary damage upon the people of
Ukraine – remember the last armies that came from the West who the poor
Ukrainian people at first thought to be liberators? No, military force will
not accomplish the necessary end. The words of modern diplomacy must be
backed up with effective economic, political and social actions and
sanctions, which will convince the invaders that its efforts are futile and
counterproductive for its own welfare and the welfare of the people subject
All our lives we have studied the history of our Ukrainian nation and
throughout our ministry we have held in our arms the victims of the bear’s
aggression, the survivors of the suppression, repression, family separation,
gulags, torture, Holodomor – death by starvation – looking into their eyes
as they remember the millions of their own family members lost “for the good
of the empire”. We witnessed the joy in their faces as they thanked God for
the freedom of their nation – their whole, united nation – before
independence and over the past 24 years since the referendum on independence
passed overwhelmingly throughout all the nation. As the result of this, in
the face of threats to that independence, that we must make demands of our
political leaders, here in the United States of America and throughout the
world for immediate strong, effective and honorable action before it is too
late – once again. We urge all our clergy, faithful and parish communities
to be in contact with our President, Congressional Representatives and
Senators, our state Governors and Legislators to stand firm in support of
Ukraine and her beloved people!
We remain in solidarity with our Orthodox, Catholic and other Faith leaders
in Ukraine who have proved their devotion to their flocks in their steadfast
prayer and ministry to those who sat on the cold cobble-stoned Maidan. We
have personally delivered material support to the hospitals caring for the
injured and the families of those murdered. Today, however, we call upon all
our brother Hierarchs of Orthodox Churches throughout the world to utilize
their God-give authority, including those in Russia itself, to call for the
cessation of the attack of Orthodox brothers against their own in the Faith!
We call upon Christians of other denominations and adherents of all
religious Faiths around the world to urge their followers to speak up and
help to avoid a cataclysm for a nation that has endured far more such
cataclysms than it should have been able to endure. But, endure it did! Only
by the Grace of God was Ukraine reborn over these 24 years – in spite of
weak and fractured leadership at all levels – political social,
ecclesiastical and more. The time has come to allow her to blossom, as she
has begun to – without being a threat to any of her neighbors and without
abandoning millennium old international relationships.
Ukraine and her people were for a significant and vital period of time, the
very epicenter of world Orthodoxy. She and her people have proven themselves
by their incredible faith in our Lord and God and Savior, Jesus Christ. She
has submitted herself to hope in Holy Trinity and to the Protection of the
Mother of God. We, as the hierarchs of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the
United States of America, beg for the sincere and endless prayers of all who
read these words or hear them spoken. We especially appeal to those monastic
communities around the world, who pray continuously for mankind to place
Ukraine and her people in their hearts and minds during all their prayers.
May God in the Holy Trinity and the beloved Mother of God, the Ever-Virgin
Mary, and all the Saints and Martyrs of Ukraine hear our prayers and protect
our God-loving Nation of Ukraine and grant her peace and the knowledge of
Truth and Love at all times.
PRAYER FOR UKRAINE:
Let us Pray to the Lord – Lord, Have Mercy! Господу помолимось – Господи,
Almighty Father, You said that when two or three are gathered in your name –
you would be among them. Remembering Your words and having received the land
of Ukraine for our heritage; We ask you today to prove us mindful of this
great blessing. Bless our ancestral homeland Ukraine and these United States
with honorable works, sound learning, and good manners. Save us from
violence, discord, and confusion; from pride and arrogance. Defend liberty
which is an expression of your Divine Will. During this time of difficulty
throughout our ancestral homeland Ukraine fill our hearts with gratitude,
and grant the people of Ukraine, and all of us the grace to continue to
trust in You and Your mercy as we did in previous days of trouble. We ask
this for we know that you are a gracious and loving God in whom we are
blessed through the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, always now and
ever and to the ages of ages. AMEN.
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Firmness Produces Heroism.
Continuing in my usual state, I was lamenting to Jesus about my poor state, and He told me: “My daughter (Luisa), Courage, do not move in anything. Firmness is the Greatest Virtue. Firmness Produces Heroism, and it is almost impossible for one not to be a great saint. Rather, as she keeps repeating her acts, she forms two bars – one to the right, and the other to the left – which serve her as support and defense; and as she reiterates her acts, a Fount forms in her, of New and Increasing Love. Firmness Strengthens Grace, placing on it the Seal of Final Perseverance. Your Jesus does not fear that His Graces may remain without Effects, and therefore I pour them in torrents over a constant soul. There is not very much to expect from a soul who works today, and tomorrow does not – who now does some Good, and now some other. She will not have any support, and will be bounced now to one point, now to another. She will die of starvation, because she will not have the Fount of Firmness, which makes Love Arise. Grace fears to pour Itself, because she will abuse it, and use it to offend Me.”
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