Saint of the Day

St. Januarius (4th century)
Januarius was a bishop in Italy during Diocletian's persecution. While visiting imprisoned deacons, he was arrested, and later martyred. His blood was preserved, and dried. Every year since 1389, on his feast day, and on the Saturday before the first Sunday in May, his blood liquifies.

Reflections from the Saints

Remember that the Christian life is one of action; not of speech and daydreams. Let there be few words and many deeds, and let them be done well.
– St. Vincent Pallotti
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Life in Christ: Catechism #2416

Animals are God's creatures. He surrounds them with his providential care. By their mere existence they bless him and give him glory. Thus men owe them kindness. We should recall the gentleness with which saints like St. Francis of Assisi or St. Philip Neri treated animals.