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Today is the feast of Saints Peter and Paul, pillars of the Church, and examples of the missionary heart of Christ. Both saints worked tirelessly after Christ’s ascension into Heaven, preaching the Gospel and serving others wherever they traveled.
They also provide for us a great example for all who are entrusted with the task of mentoring seminarians and religious, reflecting the missionary intention for this month: that seminarians and men and women entering religious life may have mentors who live the joy of the Gospel and prepare them wisely for their mission.
Saint Peter and Paul mentored many souls, passing on the apostolic faith to various communities and teaching them the joy of the Gospel. They taught members of these churches to be grateful for the many gifts they had, above all being thankful for the great gift of the Gospel.
In his letter to the Romans, Saint Paul mentioned how he was “eager to preach the gospel,” and expressed to them how he was “not ashamed of the gospel,” but wanted to pass it on to everyone he met (cf. Romans 1:15-16). This should hold true for anyone who teaches or mentors seminarians and religious.
May the examples of Saint Peter and Paul be an inspiration to us all and teach us to bring the joy of the Gospel to others, especially those who will be given the task to pass on the faith to the next generation.
- Philip Kosloski (USA)