Saint of the Day

St. Benedict the Hermit (6th century)
Benedict was a Benedictine hermit in Italy. After being captured by barbarian invaders, he was thrown in a giant fire to die. The next day, he emerged from the fire unharmed.

Reflections from the Saints

We need never fear that the Mass hinders us in the fulfillment of our temporal affairs; it is altogether the other way around. We may be sure that all will go better and that even our business will succeed better than if we have the misfortune not to assist at Mass.
– St. John Vianney
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Life in Christ: Catechism #2182

Participation in the communal celebration of the Sunday Eucharist is a testimony of belonging and of being faithful to Christ and to his Church. The faithful give witness by this to their communion in faith and charity. Together they testify to God's holiness and their hope of salvation. They strengthen one another under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.