Saint of the Day

Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati (1901-1925)
The son of a wealthy agnostic ambassador, Giorgio was an outstanding athlete who worked with groups that ministered to the poor and promoted Eucharistic adoration, Marian devotion, and personal chastity. When he was 21, he became a Dominican tertiary and gave his fortune to the poor. While visiting the sick, he caught a disease which killed him.

Reflections from the Saints

Do not worry about me; I am in God’s hands. I want to assure you that I feel His help at every step. Despite the present situation, I am happy and completely at peace.
– Bl. Joseph Kowalski at a concentration camp
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Life in Christ: Catechism #2315

The accumulation of arms strikes many as a paradoxically suitable way of deterring potential adversaries from war. They see it as the most effective means of ensuring peace among nations. This method of deterrence gives rise to strong moral reservations. The arms race does not ensure peace. Far from eliminating the causes of war, it risks aggravating them. Spending enormous sums to produce ever new types of weapons impedes efforts to aid needy populations; it thwarts the development of peoples. Over-armament multiplies reasons for conflict and increases the danger of escalation.