Saint of the Day

St. Jeanne Jugan (1792-1879)
As a teenager, Jeanne developed a special love for the aged, particularly poor widows. She went door to door collecting money to care for them. Attracting followers with her work, she founded the Little Sisters of the Poor and served as superior.

Reflections from the Saints

Take good care for the aged, for in them you are caring for Christ Himself.
– St. Jeanne Jugan
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Life in Christ: Catechism #2387

The predicament of a man who, desiring to convert to the Gospel, is obliged to repudiate one or more wives with whom he has shared years of conjugal life, is understandable. However polygamy is not in accord with the moral law." [Conjugal] communion is radically contradicted by polygamy; this, in fact, directly negates the plan of God which was revealed from the beginning, because it is contrary to the equal personal dignity of men and women who in matrimony give themselves with a love that is total and therefore unique and exclusive." The Christian who has previously lived in polygamy has a grave duty in justice to honor the obligations contracted in regard to his former wives and his children.