Saint of the Day

St. Isabella of France (13th century)
The lone sister of King St. Louis IX, Isabella declined the German emperor's marriage offer in order to open a Poor Clare convent near Paris, where she lived the rest of her life.

Reflections from the Saints

The way to Heaven is strait and narrow: they who wish to arrive at that place of bliss by walking in the paths of pleasure shall be disappointed; and therefore few reach it, because few are willing to use violence to themselves in resisting temptations.
– St. Alphonsus Liguori
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Life in Christ: Catechism #2150

The second commandment forbids false oaths. Taking an oath or swearing is to take God as witness to what one affirms. It is to invoke the divine truthfulness as a pledge of one's own truthfulness. An oath engages the Lord's name. "You shall fear the LORD your God; you shall serve him, and swear by his name."