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January 2

 

Memorial of Saints Basil the Great and Gregory Nazianzen, Bishops and Doctors of the Church

Read

Today we read about St. Basil the Great, revered as a Doctor of the Church.

Reflect

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"St. Basil, in a much-quoted homily, once declared that the bread we clutch in our hands belongs to the starving, the cloak we keep locked in our closet belongs to the naked, the shoes we are not using belong to the barefooted. In these ways in the post-biblical age Christians strove to keep a religious perspective on their use of material things." 

—Msgr. Charles Murphy, "The Good Life from a Catholic Perspective: The Challenge of Consumption" on USCCB.org

Pray

As many prepare to return to work today, say a prayer for work.

Act

St. Basil once wrote, "Do everything possible to make yourself worthy of the Kingdom. Do not disdain the invitation you have received" (Exhortation to Baptism, 7-8).


 



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