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Saint Peter Damian’s Love of the Cross & the Eucharist

Tomorrow, February 21st, the Church celebrates the Feast of St. Peter Damian who is a Doctor of the Church. He was a monk, reformer, and fearless teacher of the Faith. He executed the reforms of popes and was an instrumental figure in the life of the Church in the 11th Century. He gave up a life of monasticism in service to Christ and His Church.

There is much that could be written about this remarkable saint and his works, but there are three aspects of his teaching that help us deepen our own spiritual lives. First, St. Peter Damian a great love for the Cross of Christ. As well, had a profound devotion to the Blessed Sacrament, which is evident from his description of a Eucharistic miracle he witnessed. He also understood the essential nature of communion in the Church.

The Cross of Christ

St. Peter Damian understood that it is through the Crucifixion that God’s kenotic love for the Father and His people is fully realized. It is the same self-emptying love that all followers of Christ are called to, even though it is deeply difficult. A profound love for the Cross opens us up to the depths of God’s love for us. In fact, it is through the Cross that we are able to enter into union with God. It’s non-negotiable. We cannot make it to our eternal home without the Cross of Christ and the willingness on our part to accept the crosses given to us in this life for our own sanctification.

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