“Anyone who wishes to offer himself to God in the tent of Christ, which is the Church, must first bathe in the spring of holy baptism; then he must put on the various garments of the virtues. As it says in the Scriptures, Let your priests be clothed in justice. He who is reborn in baptism is a new man. He may no longer wear the things that signify mortality. He has discarded the old self and must put on the new. He must live continually renewed in his commitment to a holy sojourn in this world. Truly we must be cleansed of the stains of our past sins and be resplendent in the virtue of our new way of life.”
Peter was born in Ravenna, Italy, to a poor family of local nobility. Having fallen on hard times, the formerly noble family had engaged in farming, with Peter working in various farming tasks throughout his youth. The youngest child, Peter was sent to live with an elder brother while still a child, after his parents died. His brother mistreated him, forcing him to tend the family swine. However, before long, his great intelligence and piety was recognized, and he was sent live with another brother, Damian, a priest. So grateful to escape the ill-treatment of his previous home, Peter took the name Damian. He was well educated, displaying an aptitude for study, in Faenza, and later, Parma, Italy. Embracing a life of extreme austerity and penance, study and contemplation of the Lord were his solitary pursuits. Upon graduation, he was appointed professor.
not believe the things you see will perish;
frivolous are signs that precede the truth, are followed by brief moments of eternity.
Loud thinking about death because you can live forever.
All that is past, present, but what remains is approaching.
As one who has done so far left, or wicked world,
who died before the meat with the body than with the meat in the world!
Prefer to heavenly things earthly to the eternal deciduous.
The free soul back to its beginning;
the spirit to rise up and come back to that source which led,
look down below him that forces him down.
Remember me, I beg of you; look at the pitiful ashes of Peter;
with prayers and cries of "Lord, forgive him"
Select Quotations of Saint Peter Damian:
“Let us faithfully transmit to posterity the example of virtue which we have received from our forefathers.”
“It is not sinners, but the wicked who should despair; it is not the magnitude of one’s crime, but contempt of God that dashes one’s hopes.”
”The Master of heaven has placed us under the precept of self-denial – this is the rule of true humility – that we follow the right path. In those early disciples, who became doctors of the world, Christ has given the model of all virtues. Thus, until the consummation of the world any faithful soul can direct their gaze towards them and imitate them. We follow these rivers from which flows life until we reach the Source. We walk behind the soldiers to meet the King, Jesus Christ, our Lord, Who reigns with the Father and the Holy Spirit. Amen.”
help us to follow the teachings and example of Peter Damian.
By making Christ and the service of His Church
the first love of our lives,
may we come to the joys of eternal light,
where He lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Year 2: Day 52 of 365
Prayer Intentions: Lives of virtue; Turning from sin.
Requested Intentions: Healing, successful relationship (S); For successful marriage (A); For a husband’s freedom from addiction (C); Freedom from pain and illness for a friend (M); Financial freedom (J); Successful passing of occupational examination (S); Healing and conversion, sale of house (L); Occupational success for employee and colleagues (J); Employment for a son (C); Successful attainment of an important appointed position (J); Recovery from cancer for a friend (Z); For a family’s freedom from sin (M); For a daughter with Diabetes (A); Reconciliation of a marriage (D); Assistance with a legal matter, financial freedom (R); Healing for a friend (M); For a son in medical school (H); Financial assistance (M); Successful employment (N): Freedom from mental illness for a friend (L); For successful marriage (N); For friends having and recovering from surgery; for the reduction of a brain tumor (L); For resolution of a housing crisis (P); For a brother who is struggling financially, for a son who is struggling academically (B); For financial security for a friend (C); Success in business; familial happiness and health (J); Health and recovery of a sister (I); Healing of a father following stroke (S).
Why pray the Rosary every day for a year?
Each time the Blessed Virgin has appeared-- whether it be to Saint Bernadette Soubirous at Lourdes; to Lucia, Jacinta, and Francisco at Fatima; or to Mariette Beco at Banneux-- she has asserted the importance, saving grace, and power of praying the Holy Rosary on a daily basis. Based upon her words, the Rosary is penance and conversion for sinners, a pathway to peace, an end to war, and a powerful act of faith in Jesus Christ. Pope Paul VI presented the Rosary as a powerful means to reach Christ "not merely with Mary but indeed, insofar as this is possible to us, in the same way as Mary, who is certainly the one who thought about Him more than anyone else has ever done."
To show us how this is done, perhaps no one has been more eloquent than the great Cardinal Newman, who wrote: "The great power of the Rosary consists in the fact that it translates the Creed into Prayer. Of course, the Creed is already in a certain sense a prayer and a great act of homage towards God, but the Rosary brings us to meditate again on the great truth of His life and death, and brings this truth close to our hearts. Even Christians, although they know God, usually fear rather than love Him. The strength of the Rosary lies in the particular manner in which it considers these mysteries, since all our thinking about Christ is intertwined with the thought of His Mother, in the relations between Mother and Son; the Holy Family is presented to us, the home in which God lived His infinite love."
As Mary said at Fatima, "Jesus wants to use you to make Me known and loved. He wishes to establish the devotion to My Immaculate Heart throughout the world. I promise salvation to whoever embraces it; these souls will be dear to God, like flowers put by Me to adorn his throne."