Saint of the Day

St. Irenaeus of Lyons (130-202)
Irenaeus was a disciple of St. Polycarp, who was a disciple of St. John the Apostle. After becoming a priest, he was sent on a mission to Rome, and then to Lyons, France, where he was made a bishop. He was a staunch opponent of Gnosticism.

Reflections from the Saints

For this is why the Word became man, and the Son of God became the Son of man: so that man, by entering into communion with the Word and thus receiving divine sonship, might become a son of God.
– St. Irenaeus of Lyons
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Life in Christ: Catechism #2308

All citizens and all governments are obliged to work for the avoidance of war. However, "as long as the danger of war persists and there is no international authority with the necessary competence and power, governments cannot be denied the right of lawful self-defense, once all peace efforts have failed."