Thursday, December 29, 2005

St. Peter of Alexandria, Martyr

Here's some informaiton I found regarding my Saint of the Year at Catholic Spiritual Direction:

SAINT PETER governed the Church of Alexandria during the persecution of Diocletian. The sentence of excommunication that he was the first to pronounce against the schismatics, Melitius and Arius, and which, despite the united efforts of powerful partisans, he strenuously upheld, proves that he possessed as much sagacity as zeal and firmness. But his most constant care was employed in guarding his flock from the dangers arising out of persecution. He never ceased repeating to them that, in order not to fear death, it was needful to begin by dying to self, renouncing our will, and detaching ourselves from all things. St. Peter gave an example of such detachment by undergoing martyrdom in the year 311.

REFLECTION.-"How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the kingdom of God!" says our Saviour; because they are bound to earth by the strong ties of their riches.

Other descriptions are here, here, here, here, here, and here.

I thought it interesting from Wikipedia ...

He is revered as a saint by both the Roman Catholic Church, the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Coptic Church

Maybe by learning more about him, I can learn more about the Eastern Orthodox Church and the Coptic Church.


Moneybags said...

Great saint.


I was wondering if you know Fr. Jim Sichko. He is the priest for the parish you linked to about the playground at St Marks. I just wanted to let him know his saint was chosen, but his email is not working right now. If you know him, could you contact him? His saint is posted on my blog.


Moneybags said...

Thank you very much for going to tell Fr. Jim. Also, if you know of anyone else on that list, could you please let them know.

Right now I'm trying to contact about 60 people on their saints. It is very time consuming, but I pray that this devotion will bring people closer to God. That makes this all worthwhile.

Also, can you please let me know who you notify and if you hear back from them. I have a list here with everyone that asked for a saint and whether or not they have wrote back. I just try to confirm that he/she knows their saint.