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St. Christopher of Milan (15th century)
Christopher joined the Dominicans and became a travelling preacher throughout Italy. He had the gift of prophecy; he predicted a plague, a flood and an invasion by Turks. He wrote four works on preparing sermons.

Reflections from the Saints

Yesterday on approaching the Most Blessed Sacrament, I felt myself burning and I had to withdraw. I am astounded that so many who receive Jesus are not reduced to ashes.
– St. Gemma Galgani
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Life in Christ: Catechism #2153

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus explained the second commandment: "You have heard that it was said to the men of old, 'You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn.' But I say to you, Do not swear at all...Let what you say be simply 'Yes' or 'No'; anything more than this comes from the evil one." Jesus teaches that every oath involves a reference to God and that God's presence and his truth must be honored in all speech. Discretion in calling upon God is allied with a respectful awareness of his presence, which all our assertions either witness to or mock.