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Saint of the Day

St. Julius the Veteran (255-302)
Julius was a Roman soldier for 27 years before he converted to Christianity. When he was betrayed by his brother soldiers, the prefect tried to bribe him into denouncing his faith, but he refused. He was beheaded.

Reflections from the Saints

It was He who died for our sins to give us eternal life. This same man, Christ, is God and abides for ever and ever. Whoever believes in Him will have eternal life; whoever denies Him will have eternal punishment.
– St. Julius the Veteran
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Life in Christ: Catechism #2269

The fifth commandment forbids doing anything with the intention of indirectly bringing about a person's death. The moral law prohibits exposing someone to mortal danger without grave reason, as well as refusing assistance to a person in danger. Unintentional killing is not morally imputable. But one is not exonerated from grave offense if, without proportionate reasons, he has acted in a way that brings about someone's death, even without the intention to do so.