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Saint of the Day

St. Paul the Hermit (230-342)
A well-educated member of the upper class, Paul escaped the persecution of Decius by taking refuge in a mountain desert, where he lived in a cave for ninety years, in mortification and prayer. He is known as the first hermit.

Reflections from the Saints

People who change their way of life and begin to think about spiritual progress also begin to suffer from the tongues of detractors. Whoever has not yet suffered this trial has not yet made progress, and whoever is not ready to suffer it does not even endeavor to progress.
– St. Augustine
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Life in Christ: Catechism #2097

To adore God is to acknowledge, in respect and absolute submission, the "nothingness of the creature" who would not exist but for God. To adore God is to praise and exalt him and to humble oneself, as Mary did in the Magnificat, confessing with gratitude that he has done great things and holy is his name. The worship of the one God sets man free from turning in on himself, from the slavery of sin and the idolatry of the world.