Thursday, February 21, 2019

Saint Peter Damian, Bishop, Doctor (1007-1072)

Thursday of the Sixth Week in Ordinary Time

Readings of the Day
RB: Ch 18:1-6 The Order for Reciting the Psalms
Mass: Gn 9:1-13; Resp Ps 102; Mk 8:27-33

From heaven the Lord looks down on the earth.

From Archbishop Arthur Roche, Secretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments:

It is not without great significance that today's meeting of Bishops with the Holy Father coincides with the feast of St Peter Damian, Doctor of the Church, who historically was one of the Church's most outstanding reformers in an age which was not entirely dissimilar to our own. In the Office of Readings, his letter to a friend reminds us that, "God's way of working is admirable. He chastises his own in this world to save them from eternal punishment. He lays low in order to raise up. He cuts in order to heal. He casts down in order to exalt." Let us pray intently for the Pope and these Bishops and indeed for the whole Church, not least those who have been so badly damaged by sexual abuse. We too need to pray and do penance for we are all members of one body, which has Christ at its head. Saint Peter Damian was a very brilliant scholar, but all he desired was holiness. It is why the Lord chose him to reform his Church then whose prayers we now seek.


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