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Saint of the Day

St. Frances Xavier Cabrini (1850-1917)
Just three years after she made her religious vows, Frances was asked by her bishop to start a new religious order to care for poor children in Italy. It was so successful that Pope Leo XIII asked her to go to the United States. There, she opened many schools, hospitals, and orphanages. She was the first American citizen to be canonized.

Reflections from the Saints

We must pray without tiring, for the salvation of mankind does not depend on material success; nor on sciences that cloud the intellect. Neither does it depend on arms and human industries, but on Jesus alone.
– St. Frances Xavier Cabrini
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Life in Christ: Catechism #2487

Every offense committed against justice and truth entails the duty of reparation, even if its author has been forgiven. When it is impossible publicly to make reparation for a wrong, it must be made secretly. If someone who has suffered harm cannot be directly compensated, he must be given moral satisfaction in the name of charity. This duty of reparation also concerns offenses against another's reputation. This reparation, moral and sometimes material, must be evaluated in terms of the extent of the damage inflicted. It obliges in conscience.