Saint for the Day - May 19 - St. Peter Celestine
As a child, Peter had
visions of our blessed Lady, and of the angels and
saints. They encouraged him in his prayer, and
chided him when he fell into any fault. His mother,
though only a poor widow, put him to school, feeling
sure that he would one day be a Saint.
At the age of twenty, he left his home in Apulia to
live in a mountain solitude. Here he passed three
years, assaulted by the evil spirits and beset with
temptations of the flesh, but consoled by angelsí
visits. After this his seclusion was invaded by
disciples, who refused to be sent away; and the rule
of life which he gave them formed the foundation of
the Celestine Order. Angels assisted in the church
which Peter built; unseen bells rang peals of
surpassing sweetness, and heavenly music filled the
sanctuary when he offered the Holy Sacrifice.
Suddenly he found himself torn from his loved
solitude by his election to the Papal throne.
Resistance was of no avail. He took the name of
Celestine, to remind him of the heaven he was
leaving and for which he sighed, and was consecrated
After a reign of four months, Peter summoned the
cardinals to his presence, and solemnly resigned his
trust. St. Peter built himself a boarded cell in his
palace, and there continued his hermit's life; and
when, lest his simplicity might be taken advantage
of to distract the peace of the Church, he was put
under guard, he said, "I desired nothing but a cell,
and a cell they have given me." There he enjoyed his
former loving intimacy with the saints and angels,
and sang the Divine praises almost continually. At
length, on Whit-Sunday, he told his guards he should
die within the week, and immediately fell ill. He
received the last sacraments; and the following
Saturday, as he finished the concluding verse of
Lauds, "Let every spirit bless the Lord!" he closed
his eyes to this world and opened them to the vision
Saint for the Day - St. Peter Celestine
Read about the Saint for today - May 19 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
"Whose," says the Imitation of
Christ," withdraweth himself
from acquaintances and friends,
to him will God draw near with
His holy angels."
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