Saint of the Day

St. James the Greater (1st century)
The Apostle James was a fisherman, the brother of the apostle John, and a disciple of John the Baptist. He witnessed nearly all of the recorded miracles of Christ. After Pentecost, he preached in Samaria, Judea, and Spain. He was the first Apostle to be martyred.

Reflections from the Saints

God, the Creator of all things, is so full of mercy and compassion that whatever may be the grace for which we stretch out our hands, we shall not fail to receive it.
– St. Bernard
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Life in Christ: Catechism #2347

The virtue of chastity blossoms in friendship. It shows the disciple how to follow and imitate him who has chosen us as his friends, who has given himself totally to us and allows us to participate in his divine estate. Chastity is a promise of immortality. Chastity is expressed notably in friendship with one's neighbor. Whether it develops between persons of the same or opposite sex, friendship represents a great good for all. It leads to spiritual communion.