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Saint of the Day

Pope St. Hilary (5th century)
As pope, Hilary rebuilt and remodeled many churches, and held several Councils at Rome. He defended the rights of his bishops while challenging them to curb their excesses and devote themselves more completely to God.

Reflections from the Saints

The highest degree of meekness consists in seeing, serving, honoring, and treating amiably, on occasion, those who are not to our taste, and who show themselves unfriendly, ungrateful, and troublesome to us.
– St. Francis de Sales
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Life in Christ: Catechism #2153

In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus explained the second commandment: "You have heard that it was said to the men of old, 'You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn.' But I say to you, Do not swear at all...Let what you say be simply 'Yes' or 'No'; anything more than this comes from the evil one." Jesus teaches that every oath involves a reference to God and that God's presence and his truth must be honored in all speech. Discretion in calling upon God is allied with a respectful awareness of his presence, which all our assertions either witness to or mock.