Dear Father, Saint Etheldreda used to enjoy showing off her wealth by wearing lavish jewelry. After her conversion, she lived an austere life, and when she developed an enormous and unsightly tumor on her neck, she gratefully accepted it as a penance for all the necklaces she had worn when she’d been so full of pride. Lord, turn me away from using material possessions to draw attention to myself, and help me to discover my true inner beauty, which You created in me, and which always shines in Your eyes regardless of the clothes I wear, the jewelry I put on, or the color I dye my hair. Saint Etheldreda, pray for me. Amen.
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