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Saint of the Day

St. Rita of Cascia (1386-1457)
After eighteen years of abuse, Rita became a nun soon after her husband and sons died. When she asked God to suffer like Christ, a thorn from a crucifix struck her on the forehead; she suffered and bled for fifteen years. She ate little more than the Eucharist for the last four years of her life.

Reflections from the Saints

By the effective exercise of only one virtue, a person may attain to the height of all the rest.
– St. Gregory Nazianzen
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Life in Christ: Catechism #2263

The legitimate defense of persons and societies is not an exception to the prohibition against the murder of the innocent that constitutes intentional killing. "The act of self-defense can have a double effect: the preservation of one's own life; and the killing of the aggressor...The one is intended, the other is not."