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Saint of the Day

Bl. Christina Ciccarelli (1481-1543)
Christina was an abbess, a prophet, a healer, and a mystic. Once, on Good Friday, she endured the invisible stigmata and the pains of Crucifixion until the next day. She was sought after as a spiritual director due to her piety, humility, and ecstasies.

Reflections from the Saints

God does not command us to live in hair shirts and chains, or to chastise our flesh with scourges, but to love Him above all things and our neighbor as ourselves.
– St. Charles of Sezze
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Life in Christ: Catechism #2100

Outward sacrifice, to be genuine, must be the expression of spiritual sacrifice: "The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit..." The prophets of the Old Covenant often denounced sacrifices that were not from the heart or not coupled with love of neighbor. Jesus recalls the words of the prophet Hosea: "I desire mercy, and not sacrifice." The only perfect sacrifice is the one that Christ offered on the cross as a total offering to the Father's love and for our salvation. By uniting ourselves with his sacrifice we can make our lives a sacrifice to God.