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Saint of the Day

St. Julius the Veteran (255-302)
Julius was a Roman soldier for 27 years before he converted to Christianity. When he was betrayed by his brother soldiers, the prefect tried to bribe him into denouncing his faith, but he refused. He was beheaded.

Reflections from the Saints

It was He who died for our sins to give us eternal life. This same man, Christ, is God and abides for ever and ever. Whoever believes in Him will have eternal life; whoever denies Him will have eternal punishment.
– St. Julius the Veteran
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Life in Christ: Catechism #2268

The fifth commandment forbids direct and intentional killing as gravely sinful. The murderer and those who cooperate voluntarily in murder commit a sin that cries out to heaven for vengeance.