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marthaMartha was a sister of Mary and Lazarus.  Her house at Bethany was often visited by the Lord, who encouraged her to unite busy life of work with a life of contemplation (Lk 10:38-42).  She begged the Lord to raise her brother from the dead. It was to her that the Lord revealed himself as the resurrection and the life (Jn 11:19-27).  Tradition says that she was eventually driven out of Palestine and settled in Provence France. – CTS New Daily Roman Missal 2012, p 2858; Christian Prayer 1990, p 1179

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