Saint for the Day - June 29 - St. Peter
Peter was of Bethsaida
in Galilee, and as he was fishing on the lake was
called by Our Lord to be one of His apostles. He was
poor and unlearned, but candid, eager, and loving.
In his heart, first of all, grew up the conviction,
and from his lips came the confession, "Thou art the
Christ, the Son of the living God;" and so Our Lord
chose him, and fitted him to be the Rock of His
Church, His Vicar on earth, the head and prince of
His apostles, the centre and very principle of the
Church's oneness, the source of all spiritual
powers, and the unerring teacher of His truth.
All Scripture is alive with him; but after Pentecost
he stands out in the full grandeur of his office. He
fills the vacant apostolic throne; admits the Jews
by thousands into the fold; opens it to the Gentiles
in the person of Cornelius; founds, and for a time
rules, the Church at Antioch, and sends Mark to
found that of Alexandria. Ten years after the
Ascension he went to Rome, the centre of the
majestic Roman Empire, where were gathered the
glories and the wealth of the earth and all the
powers of evil. There he established his Chair, and
for twenty-five years labored with St. Paul in
building up the great Roman Church.
He was crucified by order of Nero, and buried on the
Vatican Hill. He wrote two Epistles, and suggested
and approved the Gospel of St. Mark. Two hundred and
sixty years after St. Peter's martyrdom came the
open triumph of the Church. Pope St. Sylvester, with
bishops and clergy and the whole body of the
faithful, went through Rome in procession to the
Vatican Hill, singing the praises of God till the
seven hills rang again. The first Catholic emperor,
laying aside his diadem and his robes of state,
began to dig the foundations of St. Peter's Church.
And now on the site of that old church stands the
noblest temple ever raised by man; beneath a
towering canopy lie the great apostles, in death, as
in life, undivided; and there is the Chair of St.
Peter. All around rest the martyrs of Christ—Popes,
Saints, Doctors, from east and west—and high over
all, the words, "Thou art Peter, and on this Rock I
will build My Church." It is the threshold of the
apostles and the centre of the world.
Saint for the Day - St. Peter
Read about the Saint for today - June 29 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
Peter still lives on in his
successors, and rules and feeds
the flock committed to him. The
reality of our devotion to him
is the surest test of the purity
of our faith.
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