Saint of the Day

Bl. Rafal Chylinski (1694-1741)
Rafal, called "the little monk" as a child, gave up his career as an officer in the Polish cavalry to become a Franciscan priest. He was known for his simple but challenging sermons, and for his generosity in serving the poor and the homeless.

Reflections from the Saints

Fly from bad companions as from the bite of a poisonous snake. If you keep good companions, I can assure you that you will one day rejoice with the blessed in Heaven; whereas if you keep with those who are bad, you will become bad yourself, and you will be in danger of losing your soul.
– St. John Bosco
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Life in Christ: Catechism #2516

Because man is a composite being, spirit and body, there already exists a certain tension in him; a certain struggle of tendencies between "spirit" and "flesh" develops. But in fact this struggle belongs to the heritage of sin. It is a consequence of sin and at the same time a confirmation of it. It is part of the daily experience of the spiritual battle.