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Today we celebrate the life of Saint Peter Chrysologus, the “Golden-worded” preacher and teacher of Ravenna, Italy. He only lived fifty years on this earth, but his words and example continue to inspire us today.
Saint Peter was famous for his short and inspirational sermons during the 4th century and 5th century and encouraged others to offer their own lives as a living sacrifice.
One such sermon reflects on the words of Saint Paul to the Romans, “I urge you, therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God, your spiritual worship” (Romans 12:1). He said:
“Each of us is called to be both a sacrifice to God and his priest. Do not forfeit what divine authority confers on you. Put on the garment of holiness, gird yourself with the belt of chastity. Let Christ be your helmet, let the cross on your forehead be your unfailing protection. Your breastplate should be the knowledge of God that he himself has given you. Keep burning continually the sweet smelling incense of prayer. Take up the sword of the Spirit. Let your heart be an altar. Then, with full confidence in God, present your body for sacrifice. God desires not death, but faith; God thirsts not for blood, but for self-surrender; God is appeased not by slaughter, but by the offering of your free will.”
Let us look to Saint Peter Chrysologus for inspiration as we make a daily offering of our prayers, works, joys and sufferings of this day for our salvation and the salvation of the world.
- Philip Kosloski (USA)