Saint of the Day

St. Andrew the Scot (9th century)
Andrew was the brother of St. Bridget the Younger and a companion of St. Donatus. Born in Ireland, he served for 47 years as an archdeacon in Italy, where he also founded a monastery. Legend has it that when he died, his sister Bridget was carried by an angel to his bedside, all the way from Ireland.

Reflections from the Saints

Mary is more blessed because she embraces faith in Christ than because she conceives the flesh of Christ.
– St. Augustine
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Life in Christ: Catechism #2378

A child is not something owed to one, but is a gift. The "supreme gift of marriage" is a human person. A child may not be considered a piece of property, an idea to which an alleged "right to a child" would lead. In this area, only the child possesses genuine rights: the right "to be the fruit of the specific act of the conjugal love of his parents," and "the right to be respected as a person from the moment of his conception."