October 23, 2012

Saint Pedro Calungsod

last sunday, seven saints were canonized by Pope Benedict XVI at St. Peter's Square in Rome. among them was Pedro Calungsod, a missionary, migrant and sacristan who sacrificed his life suffering religious persecution as a lay catechist in Guam back in 1672.

filipinos join all Christians and Catholics around the world in celebrating the canonisation of its second saint (after San Lorenzo Ruiz) and six other saints who braved all the odds and stood up to their faith as servants of the Lord.

while canonised during world mission sunday, 21 october 2012, the feast of san pedro calungsod will be celebrated every 2nd of april along with his companion blessed diego de san vitores for their martyrdom and death in guam.

san pedro calungsod is now hailed as the saint of filipino OFWs.

everyone is called to a life of holiness. no matter how lowly the state of life, how humble the beginnings, how sinful and wretched, how poor, how simple the mind, God calls on everyone to lead a holy life. this is not a calling solely for the few religious persons in society but a call for everyone willing to live blessed.

may we act and speak and think blessed in the way of the Lord. God bless everyone!

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