Saint of the Day

St. Ignatius of Antioch (1st century)
Ignatius, a convert from paganism, succeeded Peter as bishop of Antioch, Syria. During the persecution of the Roman emperor Trajan, he was taken to Rome to be eaten by wild animals. Along the way, he wrote several encouraging letters to the Church. He was the first writer to use the term "Catholic Church."

Reflections from the Saints

I am writing to all the churches to let it be known that I will gladly die for God if only you do not stand in my way. I plead with you: show me no untimely kindness. Let me be food for the wild beasts, for they are my way to God. I am God's wheat and bread. Pray to Christ for me that the animals will be the means of making me a sacrificial victim for God.
– St. Ignatius of Antioch
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Life in Christ: Catechism #2447

The works of mercy are charitable actions by which we come to the aid of our neighbor in his spiritual and bodily necessities. Instructing, advising, consoling, comforting are spiritual works of mercy, as are forgiving and bearing wrongs patiently. The corporal works of mercy consist especially in feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and imprisoned, and burying the dead. Among all these, giving alms to the poor is one of the chief witnesses to fraternal charity: it is also a work of justice pleasing to God.