February 21, St. Peter Damian
Lord, on the day I called for help, you answered me. — Psalm 138:3a
Mass Readings: Esther C:12,14-16,23-25/Matthew 7:7-12
St. Peter Damian seemed to do it all, from herding swine to serving as a cardinal. Peter was born in 1001 and was raised by a brother after their parents died. Another brother sent him to a university and he became a professor before joining the Benedictines as a hermit and Scripture scholar. Eventually he was elected abbot and started five foundations. He served briefly as a cardinal-bishop before being allowed to resign.
Peter wrote numerous works on topics such as the Eucharist and clerical celibacy and was named a doctor of the church in 1828. In his spare time he made wooden spoons. He even earned literary immortality when Dante placed him in seventh heaven in his Divine Comedy. Like Peter, we’re our happiest when we best use the talents God gave us.
Prayer: Father, may I always use Your gifts in the best ways possible.
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