Friday, June 29, 2012

Sts. Peter And Paul:Light In Christ's Mystical Body


                                         
 
As St Paul is the patron saint of this blog, I thought it only fitting to post something about him today. His feast is always celebrated with St Peter. So here is a brief reflection from my archives with a link for further reading about these to great apostolic saints.

Peter and Paul were men whose paths actually crossed while on this earth. Peter was one of Jesus' Apostles and chosen by Him as the first pope. Paul never knew Christ while Our Lord walked the earth, but his powerful conversion had the effect as if he had.
I often wonder about these two great saints, who while in their earthly lives became very faith~filled men, were not always saints. Judging from what we know about their personalities, both were extremely strong willed. I wonder what it would have been like to have them both in the same room at the same time. I somehow imagine some holy sparks flying from time to time. Definitely not always as "chummy" as this El Greco painting portrays them.
Both loved Jesus deeply and believed in Him with everything that they were. God in His infinite wisdom raised up these two pillars of our Church at the same time.
Pope St Leo the Great compares Peter and Paul to: "two eyes that bring light to the body whose head is Christ."
On this Solemnity of Sts Peter and Paul, let us ask them to continue to intercede for Christ's Mystical Body, His Church, and may they intercede for each of us and inspire us with their fire and conviction in Spirit.

You can read the rest of Pope St Leo the Great's sermon, as well as the writings of other Doctors of the Church on these two powerful saints here.
Saints Peter and Paul, pray for us!

3 comments:

  1. Hi Karinann, I join you in asking for their intercession in our church, personally and in our society!

    St. Peter, pray for us!
    St. Paul, pray for us!

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  2. Great article. I love Pope St Leo's quote. I agree they both loved Jesus with all that they had. They were both so passionate. Perhaps we need to pray that we have that passion, too. Do you know people who do? I do. They usually are very effective at getting their message across.
    Hmm. Food for thought.
    God bless you, Karinann!

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  3. I love the examples St Peter and St Paul give us about following Christ. Neither got off to a great start, but they ended up being pillars of the Church!

    God Bless.

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