The lives of San Pedro & St. Jude; lives to learn from
The country has now two saints and Filipinos have reasons to be happy and grateful. It is a thing for the youth and the men folk to reflect especially on the life of the young Pedro Calungzod, who is not only a Filipino but also first and foremost a Visayan and a young person at that, who focused his life on something which only the old and ripened personalities enjoy, that of being a catechist! He accompanied a missionary Priest on a mission to a foreign shore to share the Words of God. We can imagine the kind of man Pedro was by comparing him with the young people of today. The younger generation is the carefree and fun-loving type but there are young people who are cut to be simple, serious and mature. San Pedro must have been such kind of man; seriously mature for his age.
The topic is apt as it is also the vespers of the Feast of St. Jude Thaddeus, so timely to discuss the merits of their sainthood. Both saints epitomize faith and love for God, something which many nowadays take for granted. There are even people who have been openly criticizing the Catholic community for their beliefs in the saints but the Bible itself as library of knowledge talks about saints and great men and women of faith. In these days where morality has ebbed and there is a great need to spice up our spirituality. Life-giving values and beliefs have to be preferred and cultivated, people need more opportunities to hear them more often.
In our media outlets, bickering, character assassination and war-mongering are given more attention as most of them cash in on the troubles of the world to get the public’s attention than merely informing people of the beautiful side of life. Funds on these nasty tactics account in the millions, spent and even given more priority and space. This makes the world such a noisy, topsy-turvy place with people confused, angry and callous.
Both San Pedro Calungzod and St. Jude Thaddeus have prominently manifested godly living; they were models of great behaviors and principles. Being young was never a problem for Pedro who stood his ground firmly for his faith and love for the Lord. St. Jude, brother of James, on the other hand, equally a young man when he opted a life in God, appealed to Christians to fight hard for the faith which has been entrusted to the saints. It is not late to become a saint; all it takes is faith and love for God to be one.
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