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Liturgical day: August 25th: St. Louis, King of France

Gospel text (Mt 22,34-40): «Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the Law?». Jesus answered, «‘You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind’. This is the first and the most important of the commandments. But after this there is another one very similar to it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself’. The whole Law and the Prophets are founded on these two commandments». When the Pharisees heard how Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they came together. One of them, a teacher of the Law, tried to test him with this question, «Teacher, which is the most important commandment in the Law?». Jesus answered, «‘You shall love the Lord, your God, with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind’. This is the first and the most important of the commandments. But after this there is another one very similar to it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself’. The whole Law and the Prophets are founded on these two commandments».

Illustration: Pili Piñero

Today our hearts are removed when we re-read the testament written by the King of France Saint Louis to his son heir to the throne: «My dearest son, my first instruction is that you should love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your strength». Louis IX King of France is remembered as a monarch who strove for justice and peace, and also for the love of the poor. His people felt a great love for him.

—St. Louis was masterfully educated in the faith by his mother, Blanche of Castile, and wonderfully accompanied by his wife, Margaret of Provence, with whom he had 11 children.