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St. Bernard of Menthon (923-1008)
Bernard served the people of the Alps for over 40 years. He started a patrol that cleared robbers from the mountains, and opened hospices for travelers and pilgrims to Rome. The large dogs trained to search for people in the mountains are named after him.

Reflections from the Saints

Satisfaction consists in the cutting off of the causes of the sin. Thus, fasting is the proper antidote to lust; prayer to pride, to envy, anger and sloth; alms to covetousness.
– St. Richard of Chichester
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Life in Christ: Catechism #2269

The fifth commandment forbids doing anything with the intention of indirectly bringing about a person's death. The moral law prohibits exposing someone to mortal danger without grave reason, as well as refusing assistance to a person in danger. Unintentional killing is not morally imputable. But one is not exonerated from grave offense if, without proportionate reasons, he has acted in a way that brings about someone's death, even without the intention to do so.