Saint of the Day

Pope St. Callistus (3rd century)
Born a slave to a Roman who worked for Caesar, Callistus was the sixteenth Pope. Numerous critics, including an anti-pope, charged him with heresy. He was hated for teaching that serious sinners who repented and did penance could return to Communion. He was a martyr.

Reflections from the Saints

Hear Mass daily; it will prosper the whole day. All your duties will be performed the better for it, and your soul will be stronger to bear its daily cross. The Mass is the most holy act of religion; you can do nothing that can give greater glory to God or be more profitable for your soul than to hear Mass both frequently and devoutly. It is the favorite devotion of the saints.
– St. Peter Julian Eymard
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Life in Christ: Catechism #2444

"The Church's love for the poor... is a part of her constant tradition." This love is inspired by the Gospel of the Beatitudes, of the poverty of Jesus, and of his concern for the poor. Love for the poor is even one of the motives for the duty of working so as to "be able to give to those in need." It extends not only to material poverty but also to the many forms of cultural and religious poverty.