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Nov 3, 2015

Scripture teaches as how much grace is conferred by unity, and how great is the gift of divine blessing in widows. And since such honor is given them by God, we must observe what mode of life corresponds thereto; for Anna shows what widows ought to be, who. left destitute by the early death of her husband, yet obtained the reward of full praise, being intent not less on the duties of religion than on the pursuit of chastity. A widow, it is said, of fourscore and four years, a widow who departed not from the temple, a widow who served God night and day with fasting and with prayers.

St. Ambrose of Milan

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