Saint of the Day

Bl. Thomas Mary Fusco (1831-1891)
Thomas was a travelling missionary in southern Italy. He opened schools, organized prayer groups, and trained priests. He founded two religious orders based on his great devotion to the Precious Blood of Jesus.

Reflections from the Saints

Perfection of life is the perfection of love. For love is the life of the soul.
– St. Francis de Sales
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Life in Christ: Catechism #2148

Blasphemy is directly opposed to the second commandment. It consists in uttering against God – inwardly or outwardly – words of hatred, reproach, or defiance; in speaking ill of God; in failing in respect toward him in one's speech; in misusing God's name. St. James condemns those "who blaspheme that honorable name [of Jesus] by which you are called." The prohibition of blasphemy extends to language against Christ's Church, the saints, and sacred things. It is also blasphemous to make use of God's name to cover up criminal practices, to reduce peoples to servitude, to torture persons or put them to death. The misuse of God's name to commit a crime can provoke others to repudiate religion. Blasphemy is contrary to the respect due God and his holy name. It is in itself a grave sin.