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Saint of the Day

St. Isaac Jogues (1607-1646)
Born in France, Isaac joined the Jesuits and traveled to North America as a missionary. Captured, he spent thirteen months in slavery, until he was rescued and brought back to France. Years later, he returned to the Manhattan Island region to negotiate peace with the Iroquois. Believing he was a sorcerer, they seized, tortured, and decapitated him.

Reflections from the Saints

My confidence is placed in God who does not need our help for accomplishing his designs. Our single endeavor should be to give ourselves to the work and to be faithful to him, and not to spoil his work by our shortcomings.
– St. Isaac Jogues
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Life in Christ: Catechism #2449

Beginning with the Old Testament, all kinds of juridical measures (the jubilee year of forgiveness of debts, prohibition of loans at interest and the keeping of collateral, the obligation to tithe, the daily payment of the day-laborer, the right to glean vines and fields) answer the exhortation of Deuteronomy: "For the poor will never cease out of the land; therefore I command you, 'You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor in the land.'" Jesus makes these words his own: "The poor you always have with you, but you do not always have me." In so doing he does not soften the vehemence of former oracles against "buying the poor for silver and the needy for a pair of sandals...," but invites us to recognize his own presence in the poor who are his brethren.