Saint for the Day - July 5 - St. Peter of
Peter of Luxemburg,
descended both by his father and mother from the
noblest families in Europe, was born in Lorraine, in
the year 1369. When but a schoolboy, twelve years of
age, he went to London as a hostage for his brother,
the Count of St. Pol, who had been taken prisoner.
The English were so won by Peter's holy example that
they released him at the end of the year, taking his
word for the ransom. Richard II. now invited him to
remain at the English court; but Peter returned to
Paris, determined to have no master but Christ.
At the early age of fifteen he was appointed, on
account of his prudence and sanctity, Bishop of
Metz, and made his public entry into his see
barefoot and riding an ass. He governed his diocese
with ail the zeal and prudence of maturity, and
divided his revenues in three parts—for the Church,
the poor, and his household. His charities often
left him personally destitute, and he had but twenty
pence left when he died. Created Cardinal of St.
George, his austerities in the midst of a court were
so severe that he was ordered to moderate them.
Peter replied, "I shall always be an unprofitable
servant, but I can at least obey." Ten months after
his promotion he fell sick of a fever, and lingered
for some time in a sinking condition, his holiness
increasing as he drew near his end. St. Peter, it
was believed, never stained his soul by mortal sin;
yet as he grew in grace his holy hatred of self
became more and more intense. At length, when he had
received the last sacraments, he forced his
attendants each in turn to scourge him for his
faults, and then lay silent till he died. But God
was pleased to glorify His servant. Among other
miracles is the following: On July 5, 1432, a child
about twelve years old was killed by falling from a
high tower, in the palace of Avignon, upon a sharp
The father, distracted with grief, picked up the
scattered pieces of the skull and brains, and
carried them in a sack, with the mutilated body of
his son, to St. Peter's shrine, and with many tears
be- sought the Saint's intercession. After a while
the child returned to life, and was placed upon the
altar for all to witness. In honor of this miracle
the city of Avignon chose St. Peter as its patron
Saint. He died in 1387, aged eighteen years.
Saint for the Day - St. Peter of Luxemburg
Read about the Saint for today - July 5 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
St. Peter teaches us how, by
self-denial, rank, riches, the
highest dignities, and all this
world can give, may serve to
make a Saint.
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