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St. Matthew the Apostle (1st century)
Matthew was a Roman tax collector who lived at Capernaum on Lake Genesareth. He was considered a traitor by his countrymen for working with the Roman occupiers, but Jesus explained that he had come "not to call the just, but sinners." He wrote his Gospel to convince the Jews that Jesus was their Messiah, and preached to them for fifteen years.

Reflections from the Saints

Our Lord summoned Matthew by speaking to him in words. By an invisible, interior impulse flooding his mind with the light of grace, he instructed him to walk in his footsteps. In this way Matthew could understand that Christ, who was summoning him away from earthly possessions, had incorruptible treasures of heaven in his gift.
– St. Bede the Venerable
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Life in Christ: Catechism #2418

It is contrary to human dignity to cause animals to suffer or die needlessly. It is likewise unworthy to spend money on them that should as a priority go to the relief of human misery. One can love animals; one should not direct to them the affection due only to persons.