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Today is International Women’s Day, a worldwide event with a human rights theme, highlighting the social, economic, cultural and political achievements and contributions made by women. In a prayer service distributed to the Sisters of St. Joseph from Sister Diane Smith of our Los Angeles province we read the following words. May they inform our prayers of gratitude for all the wonderful women we know.

Let us pray in thanksgiving for the women who have and are making a difference. May their example encourage and strengthen us to be women who also bring about justice and peace to a world in need, women who bring a healing presence to Mother Earth and all creatures.

Today would be a good day to send a message to a special woman in your life.