Saturday, January 2, 2021

The Catholic Church has a "hall of fame." We give those we honor the title "Saint."  These are people who lived lives worthy of imitation.  Nearly everyday the Church recalls the story of one of these great witnesses to Christian life. In this way these "Saints" continue to light our way on our journey of faith.

Today we honor a 4th Century Christian - St. Basil.  His impact was so profound he has been given the title Basil the Great. The iconic domed church in  Red Square in Moscow dedicated to him is one of the most recognizable buildings in the world. 

Catholics each day have the opportunity to read something our Saints have said.  What St. Basil said 1600 years ago has motivated me to clean out my closet today and head to the local homeless shelter.  

He said:  "The bread which you do not use is the bread of the hungry; the garment hanging in your wardrobe is the garment of him who is naked; the shoes that you do not wear are the shoes of the one who is barefoot; the money that you keep locked away is the money of the poor; the acts of charity that you do not perform are so many injustices that you commit.”

― St. Basil the Great

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