Saint for the Day - February 23 - St. Peter
St. Peter Damian was
born in 988, and lost both parents at an early age.
His eldest brother, in whose hands he was left,
treated him so cruelly that a younger brother, a
priest, moved by his piteous state, sent him to the
University of Parma, where he acquired great
His studies were sanctified by vigils, fasts, and
prayers, till at last, thinking that all this was
only serving God by halves, he resolved to leave the
world. He joined the monks at Font-Avellano, then in
the greatest repute, and by his wisdom and sanctity
rose to be Superior. He was employed on the most
delicate and difficult missions, amongst others the
reform of ecclesiastical communities, which was
effected by his zeal. Seven Popes in succession made
him their constant adviser, and he was at last
created Cardinal Bishop of Ostia. He withstood Henry
IV. of Germany, and labored in defence of Alexander
II. against the Antipope, whom he forced to yield
and seek for pardon.
He was charged, as Papal Legate, with the repression
of simony; again, was commissioned to settle
discords amongst various bishops, and finally, in
1072, to adjust the affairs of the Church at
Ravenna. He was laid low by a fever on his homeward
journey, and died at Faenza, in a monastery of his
order, on the eighth day of his sickness, whilst the
monks chanted matins around him.
Saint for the Day - St. Peter Damian
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The Saints studied, not in order
to be accounted learned, but to
become perfect. This only is
wisdom and true greatness, to
account ourselves as ignorant,
and to adhere in all things to
the teachings and instincts of
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