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Saint of the Day

St. John the Almsgiver (550-616)
The son of the governor of Cyprus, John entered the religious life upon the death of his wife and child from disease. During his patriarchate at Alexandria, he became widely known for his generosity to the poor. He also helped refugees from the wars in the Holy Land.

Reflections from the Saints

If we are able to enter the church day and night and implore God to hear our prayers, how careful we should be to hear and grant the petitions of our neighbor in need.
– St. John the Almsgiver
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Life in Christ: Catechism #2105

The duty of offering God genuine worship concerns man both individually and socially. This is "the traditional Catholic teaching on the moral duty of individuals and societies toward the true religion and the one Church of Christ." By constantly evangelizing men, the Church works toward enabling them "to infuse the Christian spirit into the mentality and mores, laws and structures of the communities in which [they] live." The social duty of Christians is to respect and awaken in each man the love of the true and the good. It requires them to make known the worship of the one true religion which subsists in the Catholic and apostolic Church. Christians are called to be the light of the world. Thus, the Church shows forth the kingship of Christ over all creation and in particular over human societies.