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Column: One Man's Scrap

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One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (November 2014) — When we are dodging bleak winds on cold November days at Madonna House, the Lord gives us the gift of perseverance. Catherine Doherty wrote that perseverance in our daily life is like saying to God, "Lord, I throw my life... (November 26, 2014)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (October 2014) — In October, the trees fill our land with color—the reds of maples, the bronze of oaks, and the clear yellows of birches. Busloads of tourists come to view them. Then the winds bring the leaves down in showers, and they... (October 31, 2014)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (September 2014) — Autumn is the season when our farmers and gardeners (with some help from the rest of us) gather in the fruits of months of care and hard work. This harvest will provide much of our food throughout the year.... (September 29, 2014)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (July-August 2014) — In summer, Combermere is alive with birds and animals. Many of them arrive then: like the frogs which hibernate in the mud in winter, come out when the weather gets warm, and cheep all night in the swamp near the... (August 28, 2014)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (May-June 2014) — This time of year the worker bees are out hunting for nectar and pollen in the apple blossoms and in the early flowers growing in our gardens. They make the most of our short growing season, and so do we.... (May 26, 2014)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (April 2014) — In April, as the snow continues to melt, our gardeners will be busy removing the mulch of last year’s leaves and preparing the gardens for planting. And as the warmth and light of the sun will enable their seeds to... (April 30, 2014)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (March 2014) — In March, we begin Lent. We enter into the sea of God’s mercy to be washed clean and forgiven. In this way, we prepare our hearts to receive the risen Christ when he comes at Easter.... (March 28, 2014)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (February 2014) — February 2 is the feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple. The gospel passage describing the event ends with the words, When they had done everything the Law of the Lord required, they returned to Galilee to... (February 28, 2014)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (January 2014) — January is, of course, a quiet month in the gardens. However, under the earth, earthworms are burrowing deeply letting air into the soil thus preparing it for the spring planting.... (January 31, 2014)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (December 2013) — In the book, Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie, wrote: "God gave us our memories so that we might have roses in December." However, winter also has its own beauty. Each season blesses the Lord. The psalms and canticles we sing for... (December 30, 2013)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (November 2013) — What do we do after the summer programs, harvesting and food processing are over? Well, for a short time, we do slow down, and among other things, we do the follow-up jobs, such as storing the outdoor antiques at the... (November 29, 2013)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (October 2013) — As John Keats, the English poet, said in his poem, "To Autumn," this time of year is a season of mists and mellow fruitfulness. We enjoyed the summer God sent us, and we are grateful for any mild days in... (October 29, 2013)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (September 2013) — When you read this column, Fall will be practically on our doorsteps. But at the time of writing we are at the height of summer—for us, an intense time. This is when our shops are open full-time and people... (September 30, 2013)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (July-August 2013) — These days of late spring, we are busy preparing for summer: for the summer program for young people, for Cana Colony, and for the gift shops, museum, and bookstore. This is definitely a joint effort: our benefactors provide the materials,... (August 29, 2013)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (May-June 2013) — May-June is such a hopeful time of year for us. It is the time when the local directors of all our mission houses come home to Combermere for three weeks of meetings. We hear about their year in the field,... (June 25, 2013)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (April 2013) — After a cold winter, we are glad to welcome spring with its warmer days and to be drawing near to Holy Week and Easter.... (April 26, 2013)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (March 2013) — Lent is a blessed time. Among other things, it’s a time to deepen our prayer life and to carry even more the suffering of people throughout the world, people whose sorrow is before our eyes every day in the news.... (March 28, 2013)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (February 2013) — Dear Friends, before we get too far into 2013, we would like to thank you for your kindnesses to us in 2012. As we look back over the year, we can see the effects of your generosity. With your... (February 27, 2013)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (January 2013) — Walking in the soft silence of our snow-covered woods, one can ponder the beauty of nature and, at the same time, carry in prayer the pain of the world. The thing that gives us hope is well-expressed in the Byzantine... (January 30, 2013)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (December 2012) — Dear Friends, it is a joy to be writing to you at this holy time: the early part of the Year of Faith, in which our Holy Father has called the whole Church to participate. In the weeks and... (December 31, 2012)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (November 2012) — Since this is a begging column, how would you like to hear Catherine speak about this subject which was so dear to her heart? Back in 1962, she wrote: "For almost thirty years of my life in the lay... (November 30, 2012)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (October 2012) — The poet, Mary Oliver, begins one of her poems this way: "Always there is something worth saying about glory, about gratitude." About glory we could tell you about the Feast of Our Lady’s Assumption. About gratitude, it is always... (October 31, 2012)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (September 2012) — We come to you after a very hot, dry summer—at least so far. Nevertheless, the families are managing to have a wonderful season at our Cana Colony, and a good number of young people are enthusiastically taking part in... (September 28, 2012)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (July-August 2012) — The Lord’s is the earth and its fullness, the world and all its peoples. This line from Psalm 24 is very appropriate for summer in Combermere. For then the fullness of the Lord manifests itself when he showers his... (August 30, 2012)

One Man’s Scrap Another Man’s Gold (May-June 2012) — This is a wonderful time of year for us. During May the directors of all our mission houses return to Combermere for their annual three-week meetings. Then in June another event occurs that brings us great joy. June 8th, the... (June 28, 2012)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (April 2012) — Greetings in the Risen Lord! Let us open wide our hearts to let in the joy of Easter. We share with you our love and joy because he has freed us from our bondage to sin and bestowed on... (April 29, 2012)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (March 2012) — Dear Friends, when we come to you in this column as beggars for Christ, we are keenly aware that you, too, can be in the throes of need. We know that there are family problems, medical expenses, cutbacks, and... (March 30, 2012)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (February 2012) — Before long, we will be plunging into the Season of Mercy. Yes, we who are so small are called to cleanse our hearts and embark on the immense journey of Lent. What an invitation: to walk these forty days with... (February 20, 2012)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (January 2012) — Blessings on you, dear friends, as we begin another year of faith. As for us, we are confident that God will work powerfully in us and in the world as we go about our everyday life doing little things with... (January 30, 2012)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (December 2011) — "Come, thou long-expected Jesus … Dear Desired of every nation, joy of every longing heart." These lines from one of our Advent hymns express well the song of our hearts. As we go about the ordinary tasks of our... (December 28, 2011)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (November 2011) — By the time you receive this issue of Restoration, we will have said good-bye to the flaming display of autumn leaves and will be welcoming the quiet of winter. It will be November or close to it: November, a time... (November 30, 2011)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (October 2011) — On a number of levels, you can feel a definite shift here in Combermere when autumn returns. In terms of work, along with the specifically autumn work of harvesting and food processing, some of our work involves getting ready for... (October 31, 2011)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (September 2011) — Here in Combermere and in our mission houses as well, our outside doors are painted blue. Why? In Pre-Revolutionary Russia, the home of our foundress, Catherine Doherty, it was believed that, "every door painted blue in honor of Our lady... (September 30, 2011)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (July-August 2011) — If any of you have visited us here in Combermere, you know how lovely the place is in summer. The gardens have come back to life, our gift shop and bookstore are open, and our neighbors bring their guests over... (August 24, 2011)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (May-June 2011) — Christ is risen! Alleluia! By the time you receive this issue of our newspaper, we will all be proclaiming our great joy in Our Lord’s Resurrection. In the light of this Easter joy, our ordinary life, as well as... (June 28, 2011)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (April 2011) — Ah, spring! After a cold winter, the sun’s life-giving rays once again bring cheer to the earth. And even during Lent, a glorious Easter casts its rays on us as we approach the sacred celebrations.... (April 28, 2011)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (March 2011) — These quiet weeks of winter between Christmas time and Lent serve us well. Immersed in our ordinary duties, we experience the depth of our Nazareth life and let it carry us ever deeper into God’s life. As we go about... (March 30, 2011)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (February 2011) — These deep winter days have a quiet intensity about them. Our hearts are still as we concentrate on the everyday tasks of our Nazareth life, and we give thanks for the tremendous graces of this way of life. It is... (February 28, 2011)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (January 2011) — We welcome the gift of a new year. As we see the overwhelming needs of the world, we pray that in this new year, we will turn more and more to Our Lord, trusting that he is with us in... (January 31, 2011)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (December 2010) — "Advent is the springtime of love, when the soul awaits her love, knowing that He will come and make her His own." These are the words of Catherine Doherty, and all year long we try to incarnate this love Christ... (December 20, 2010)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (November 2011) — In this column, we come to you each month to give you a glimpse into our day-to-day life and to tell you our needs in the various corners of our apostolate here in Combermere. We live in trust of God’s... (November 29, 2010)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (October 2010) — In October here in the Ottawa Valley, we are surrounded by color: yellow, orange, and red leaves and sparkling blue sky. Our hearts are filled with gratitude for the beauty of God’s creation, for his provident care, and for all... (October 29, 2010)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (September 2010) — This summer has been a grace-filled time, and we are truly grateful. Among our many blessings was a joyful picnic celebration for the 50th anniversary of the blessing of the statue of Our Lady of Combermere.... (September 29, 2010)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (July-August 2010) — Well, it has been two busy months since our last column. But no matter how busy we get, we are not too busy to appreciate all you do for us. It is your donations that enable us to do what... (August 27, 2010)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (May-June 2010) — Picture a group of people delighting in spring and in the Resurrection. That’s us. And in the country, of course, spring also brings its own kinds of work. These days the attention and energy of our gardeners are focused on... (June 30, 2010)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (April 2010) — At Easter, filled with the radiance of the Resurrection, we will sing over and over, "Christ is risen! Truly he is risen!"... (April 29, 2010)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (March 2010) — Once again we are in Lent, the season of purification and repentance. These seven weeks of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving are also for us a time of hope and a time when nature cheers us on with longer, brighter days... (March 31, 2010)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (February 2010) — Whoever invented the twelve-month calendar was wise to give February only 28 days. They must have had an inkling it was going to be a cold, dreary month. But dreary or not, we think it’s a good month for getting... (February 26, 2010)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (January 2010) — Living as we do in a climate with very definite seasons, we experience over and over the beauty of a new season as well as the whole range of activities that go with it. Of course, some things remain the... (January 29, 2010)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (December 2009) — Maranatha! Come O Christ, our High Priest, Prophet, and King! In Advent, as we listen to the prophetic calls announcing your coming, we welcome you anew into our hearts. During this Year for Priest, we come to you our High... (December 11, 2009)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (November 2009) — After a very busy summer and autumn, November comes to us on quiet feet, its steps muted by fallen leaves and pine needles. By the time it arrives, the harvest and food processing will be over, and the fields and... (November 30, 2009)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (October 2009) — In October, the month of the rosary, we are especially conscious of the fact that Madonna House is truly Our Lady’s house. In Catherine’s mind, Mary and the apostolate were one. It was she who taught us to go to... (October 29, 2009)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (September 2009) — Many people have passed through our blue doors this summer to visit our shops, to tour the grounds, or to stay on with us as volunteers to experience our community life.... (September 30, 2009)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (July-August 2009) — We had a cool spring this year, making it seem like a very long wait for summer. So now that it has almost arrived, it is especially welcome, as are all the activities it brings.... (August 24, 2009)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (May-June 2009) — May and June are special months for our Madonna House family. During May the directors of all our mission houses come for their annual meetings. Then in June, we have the joy of witnessing staff make and renew their promises.... (June 03, 2009)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (April 2009) — Christ is risen, dear friends! The knowledge of his immense love for you and the radiance of his light in you allows us to once again come to you with our needs.... (April 29, 2009)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (March 2009) — May this Lent be for each of you a season of mercy: God’s mercy towards us and ours for each other and for ourselves.... (March 30, 2009)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (February 2009) — February is probably our quietest month. Not that nothing is happening, but even our February celebrations tend to be sedate, such as the Presentation of Mary and Harlem Foundation Day (the anniversary of one of Catherine’s earlier Friendship Houses). In... (February 25, 2009)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (January 2009) — Greetings and a Happy New Year to all of you. May the Lord set your hearts on fire! May the Holy Spirit, the Wind, make of your fire a bonfire full of love, the incense of which will reach God... (January 21, 2009)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (December 2008) — A star will come forth out of Jacob, and a scepter will rise out of Israel (Numbers 24:17). Do you sense the deep longing for a Savior in this ancient prophecy? The Church offers us the Advent season so that... (December 29, 2008)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (November 2008) — In November we will be remembering in a special way those who have died. This year our commemoration will include not only our deceased members, friends, and benefactors, but also the victims of the recent hurricanes and other natural disasters.... (November 26, 2008)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (October 2008) — In the last week of our summer program, we focused on Our Lady, and on the feast of the Assumption, we celebrated her profusely and lavishly. In October, when you will be reading this newspaper, we will be reflecting with... (October 29, 2008)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (September 2008) — The events of the summer are leaving us a bit breathless and amazed at all God is doing in the world and in Madonna House. Summer began with the Eucharistic Congress, which a number of us attended, followed shortly by... (September 23, 2008)

Do You Grow Apples? — Here is an unusual request. Since with our soil and climate, we are unable to produce fruit in the quantity our large family needs, we are dependent on donations. For many years a generous monastery has shared its apples with... (September 16, 2008)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (July-August 2008) — Dear friends, summer contains many joys for us: listening to the red winged blackbirds that nest in the swamp, swimming in the cold Madawaska River, and receiving visitors, to mention just three. It’s amazing how many people find their... (July 24, 2008)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (May-June 2008) — After our white, snowy Easter (plus a long snowy winter), the snows are finally receding and soon we will see a fresh growth of loveliness in the form of grass and flowers. It seems like we waited a long time... (June 26, 2008)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (March 2008) — By the time you read this column, we will have passed our Lenten journey. As we move forward in the light of the Resurrection, may all our hearts be wide open to receive the grace that awaits us. If you have never... (March 28, 2008)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (February 2008) — "Let us receive the announcement of Lent with joy! For if our forefather Adam had kept the fast, we would not have been deprived of paradise" (Byzantine Vespers). We greet you and pray that you receive an abundant share of... (February 29, 2008)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (January 2008) — Celebrating Our Lord’s Incarnation for the twelve days of Christmas is a most wonderful way to enter into a new year of grace. In the beginning of this new year, our hearts are joined with yours, and we are grateful... (January 30, 2008)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (December 2007) — The coming of God as man is a tremendous mystery, and Advent is a time when God invites us to a place of quiet inside where we can ponder this mystery.... (December 31, 2007)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (November 2007) — Every year we welcome November as a time of quiet between the busy harvest and food processing season and Advent. We begin the month with prayer for our deceased family, friends, and benefactors, and we end with the festive celebration... (November 30, 2007)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (October 2007) — "Earth, sweet earth, sweet landscape, with leaves throng." This line from the poet Gerard Manley Hopkins brings to mind the smells and sights of nature in autumn. We can concur with the sweetness, and as we welcome the change of... (October 29, 2007)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (July-August 2007) — For us in the north country, summer seems like a miracle. The transition from bare landscape to lush vegetation never fails to gladden us. Not that winter wasn’t fine, but ah, summer! The summer season is a busy time in... (July 30, 2007)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (May-June 2007) — What a delight it is to put away our winter boots and parkas and feel spring’s balmy air! We continue to thank God for the loveliness of nature around us and for all his gifts, which very much include you,... (June 26, 2007)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (April 2007) — A blessed, joyous Easter Season to each of you! With gratitude in our hearts for all the care and solicitude you show us, we come once again to present our needs in this humble little column.... (April 30, 2007)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (March 2007) — Our foundress Catherine often said, "Lent should fan the desire of men for God into a bonfire." "Day by day," she once said, "we should enter into our hearts and seek that desire, for it is our greatest treasure." That... (March 30, 2007)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (February 2007) — In the short span of Ordinary Time before Lent begins, our days marked by ordinariness, winter silence, and fidelity to our Nazareth life, we come to you with the needs and requests of our various departments.... (February 28, 2007)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (January 2007) — At the beginning of this new year, we want to take the opportunity to heartily thank you for your generous support during 2006, and to pledge to you our prayers during the coming year.... (January 29, 2007)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (December 2006) — Each year as we approach the holy season of Advent, we become more conscious that Madonna House is Our Lady’s house, modeled on that holy house in Nazareth where simplicity and harmony reigned and where the door was always open... (December 29, 2006)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (November 2006) — This month we have written this column differently. Since Cathy Mitchell wrote in "A Beggar’s Dilemma" about our current situation, we decided in this column to just list our needs. We are only doing a list for this one month.... (November 08, 2006)

A Beggar’s Dilemma — by Cathy Mitchell, local director of MH Combermere. I am writing to you, our dearest friends, to share with you a question and concern we are wrestling with here at MH Combermere. What do you do when you live by... (November 06, 2006)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (September 2006) — These days our souls and senses are filled with the abundance of summer beauty, summer produce, and summer liturgy, and our life is very full. You, our benefactors, are very much a part of that fullness, and each day our... (September 13, 2006)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (July-August 2006) — O Praise the Lord, all you nations; acclaim him all the earth (Ps 116). In summer, all of creation acclaims the Lord. And it’s not only nature that announces his goodness to us, but each day we see that goodness... (August 28, 2006)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (May-June 2006) — May and June are special months for our Madonna House family. During May the directors of all our mission houses come to participate in their annual meetings. Then in June, we have the joy of witnessing staff make and renew... (June 01, 2006)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (April 2006) — Spring comes late to our northern land. So someone around here was saying that she likes it when Easter is late, as it was this year, because then our weather is apt to be more springlike, more in tune with... (April 28, 2006)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (March 2006) — Dear friends, we greet you on the threshold of Lent—a season that, if we but let it permeate our souls, will bring us a hunger for God. Please God, this desire for God will grow in all our hearts as... (March 31, 2006)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (February 2006) — February is a quiet month for Madonna House, a month of snow and cold, a month that lies between the festivities of Christmastime and the austerities of Lent. In February there are few signs to give hope that spring is... (February 24, 2006)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (January 2006) — In January, the silence of winter’s womb wraps Combermere in its depths. In spite of the darkness the world is facing at this time, the presence of the Infant whose birth we celebrate, gives us expectant hope for this coming... (January 25, 2006)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (December 2005) — In her book, Donkey Bells, Catherine Doherty speaks about Advent: “For me, the word ‘Advent,’ has a double connotation. It means the arrival of a new liturgical season, the preparatory time for Christmas, for the coming of Our Lord as... (December 09, 2005)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (November 2005) — “We are beggars for the Lord! Alleluia! We are beggars for the Lord—first for the poor whom we serve everywhere, and secondly for ourselves. This has been God’s desire, his mandate to me, when I first started way back in... (November 30, 2005)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (October 2005) — In Combermere in October the cold, bracing nights and the warm, sunny days produce leaves of every shade of red, orange, and yellow. They are so beautiful in this area that busloads of people coming to see them are not... (October 31, 2005)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (September 2005) — This summer our celebrations have been more than usual, but whether we are in the midst of celebrations or living our ordinary lives, a grace-filled undercurrent carried us through full days of ordinary little things done with great love.... (September 28, 2005)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (July-August 2005) — Summer has arrived, and so have old friends and new, to visit the shops, to have a tour, to live and work with us, or to experience some other facet of our life. Our Lady of Comber-mere has a gift... (July 15, 2005)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (May-June 2005) — Spring! Never has that season been so welcome. It was a long, cold winter with lots of snow, which, as of this writing, is still not gone. We will be so glad to see the land filled with warmth and... (May 30, 2005)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (April 2005) — Christ is risen! Truly he is risen! Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia! Having been nourished over the years with Easter life, we come to you with joy and enthusiasm, and we rejoice with you in the incomparable gift of the graces we... (April 29, 2005)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (March 2005) — Lent and Easter is a blessed time to deepen our prayer life and carry the suffering of the many people throughout the world whose sorrow is before our eyes via the daily news. As we come to you again as beggars... (March 30, 2005)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (February 2005) — Dear friends, we have been especially conscious of you during these past few weeks. For we have just completed several sortings of the donations you have sent us. We are deeply grateful for your friendship and your attentiveness to our... (February 01, 2005)

One Man’s Scrap, Another Man’s Gold (January 2005) — As we enter a brand new year, it is our heartfelt prayer that we live the Gospel more fully this coming year than we ever have. The world needs that from all of us Christians as never before.... (January 01, 2005)

 

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