Saint of the Day

St. Joseph of Cupertino (1603-1663)
Joseph began having visions when he was eight. Despite his poor education, he became a priest due to his heroic virtue. His life was a series of visions and ecstasies. He would often levitate or fly. Despite being subject to ridicule and harassment, he was known for his joyful spirit.

Reflections from the Saints

Clearly, what God wants above all is our will which we received as a free gift from God in creation and possess as though our own. When a man trains himself to acts of virtue, it is with the help of grace from God from whom all good things come that he does this. The will is what man has as his unique possession.
– St. Joseph of Cupertino
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Life in Christ: Catechism #2415

The seventh commandment enjoins respect for the integrity of creation. Animals, like plants and inanimate beings, are by nature destined for the common good of past, present, and future humanity. Use of the mineral, vegetable, and animal resources of the universe cannot be divorced from respect for moral imperatives. Man's dominion over inanimate and other living beings granted by the Creator is not absolute; it is limited by concern for the quality of life of his neighbor, including generations to come; it requires a religious respect for the integrity of creation.