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Saint of the Day

Bl. John Francis Burte (18th century)
John was a Conventual Franciscan priest martyred by the French Revolutionary government for refusing to take the oath of citizenship.

Reflections from the Saints

Let us detach ourselves in spirit from all that we see and cling to that which we believe. This is the cross which we must imprint on all our daily actions and behavior.
– St. Peter Damian
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Life in Christ: Catechism #2389

Connected to incest is any sexual abuse perpetrated by adults on children or adolescents entrusted to their care. The offense is compounded by the scandalous harm done to the physical and moral integrity of the young, who will remain scarred by it all their lives; and the violation of responsibility for their upbringing.