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Helping Each Other


A lack of money kept Clement Mary Hofbauer (1751-1820) from entering the seminary, so he went to work in a monastery bakery. Then, two women he barely knew offered to send him to the University of Vienna. Clement Mary went on to spend nearly 40 years as a Redemptorist priest in Austria and Poland.


Saint Clement Mary, your example inspires me to provide assistance—
spiritual, emotional, financial—to strangers as well as to those I love.


Give a kind word or other support to someone who isn’t a relative or close friend, without first evaluating whether or not he or she is worth the effort.

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