Saint of the Day

Bl. Basil Hopko (1904-1976)
Basil was an auxiliary bishop in Czechoslovakia. During a crackdown on the Church, the Communist arrested him. For over ten years, he was imprisoned and tortured. He never recovered and eventually died a martyr of Communism.

Reflections from the Saints

Girded with a faith, and the performance of good works, let us follow in Christ's path by the guidance of the Gospel. If we wish to attain a dwelling place in His kingdom, we shall not reach it unless we hasten there by our good deeds.
– St. Benedict
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Life in Christ: Catechism #2303

Deliberate hatred is contrary to charity. Hatred of the neighbor is a sin when one deliberately wishes him evil. Hatred of the neighbor is a grave sin when one deliberately desires him grave harm. "But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven."