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Saint of the Day

St. Luke (1st century)
Luke was a Greek physician, as well as an accomplished painter and sculptor. He journeyed with St. Paul as an evangelist, and visited him frequently while he was imprisoned. After St. Paul's death, he wrote the Gospel that is now attributed to him.

Reflections from the Saints

There are three things, my brethren, by which faith stands firm, devotion remains constant, and virtue endures. They are prayer, fasting and mercy.
– St. Peter Chrysologus
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Life in Christ: Catechism #2448

"In its various forms – material deprivation, unjust oppression, physical and psychological illness and death – human misery is the obvious sign of the inherited condition of frailty and need for salvation in which man finds himself as a consequence of original sin. This misery elicited the compassion of Christ the Savior, who willingly took it upon himself and identified himself with the least of his brethren. Thus, those who are oppressed by poverty are the object of a preferential love on the part of the Church which, since her origin and in spite of the failings of her members, has not ceased to work for their relief, defense, and liberation through numerous works of charity which remain indispensable always and everywhere."