Rorate Caeli

Love for Peter - I
Affection for the Pope is in truth given to Saint Peter



Fr. Peter Philips
Tu es Petrus

In the month of the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul, love for the Successors of Saint Peter and the Church of Rome sanctified by their blood.

"You are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church" (Mt 16:18) are the weighty, great and solemn words that Jesus speaks to Simon, son of John, after his profession of faith. This profession of faith was not the product of the Bethsaida fisherman's human logic or the expression of any special insight of his or the effect of some psychological impulse; it was rather the mysterious and singular result of a real revelation of the Father in heaven. Jesus changes Simon's name to Peter, thus signifying the conferring of a special mission. He promises to build on him his Church, which will not be overthrown by the forces of evil or death. He grants him the keys of the kingdom of God, thus appointing him the highest official of his Church, and gives him the power to interpret authentically the law of God. In view of these privileges, or rather these superhuman tasks entrusted to Peter, Saint Augustine points out to us: "Peter was by nature simply a man, by grace a Christian, by still more abundant grace one of the Apostles and at the same time the first of the Apostles" (Saint Augustine, In Ioannis Evang. tract., 124, 5: PL 35, 1973).

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We seem to hear as addressed to us the words that Saint Ephraem represents Christ as speaking to Peter: "Simon, my apostle, I have made you the foundation of the Holy Church. I have already called you Peter because you will support all the edifices. You are the superintendent of those who will build the Church on earth . . . You are the source of the fountain from which my doctrine is drawn. You are the head of my apostles . . . I have given you the keys of my kingdom" (Saint Ephraem, Sermones in hebdomadam sanctam, 4,1: Lamy T.J., S. Ephraem Syri hymni et sermones, 1,412).

... Our mind re-echoes spontaneously the emotion-filled words that our great saintly Predecessor, Saint Leo the Great, addressed to the faithful of Rome: "Blessed Peter does not cease to preside over his See. He is bound to the eternal Priest in an unbroken unity . . . Recognize therefore that all the demonstrations of affection that you have given me because of fraternal amiability or filial devotion have with greater devotedness and truth been given by you and me to him whose See we rejoice to serve rather than preside over it" (Saint Leo the Great, Sermo V, 4-5: PL 54, 155-156).
John Paul I 
September 3, 1978

11 comments:

Uncle Claibourne said...

New Catholic, thank you so much for quoting John Paul I. I was in college in those days; I won't know in this life, but I've always had a sense that things might have been different these last 34 years if we hadn't lost him so soon.

Anonymous said...

Wow! .."He is bound to the Eternal Priest in an unbroken unity.."

What honor to be chosen by God and bound to Himself. The words of Our Lord to Simon are so powerful as He changes Him into Peter for Ever!
Awesome.

Julia of Arc

New Catholic said...

Love for Peter, that must be the tone of the comments.

Very disappointed with some comments, that were properly deleted.

Barbara said...

Viva il Papa!

"superhuman tasks" -
and he is given special super-natural grace to carry them out - attention all those blogging-armchair -pontiffs!

"you the foundation"
We cannot be Catholic without the Holy Father - plain and simple.

"You are the source of the fountain from which my doctrine is drawn. You are the head of my apostles . . . I have given you the keys of my kingdom"

What a divine gift Our Lord made to us in giving us Peter! What a relief - I don't have to fret myself to death about all the problems in the Church - we have Peter.

"Blessed Peter does not cease to preside over his See. He is bound to the eternal Priest in an unbroken unity . . "

Reading these it is difficult to understand why anyone would want to sadden our Holy Father - the present one in particular - who I beleive is ALSO a saintly man.

Viva il Papa! Viva Benedetto XVI!

Long live Christ The King!

Socorro said...

St. Paul was not "affectionate" to St. Peter when he resisted him to his face.

New Catholic said...

We surely have a lot of "Saint Pauls" in the Church today... The gall...

Cruise the Groove. said...

True words, but I wonder if we hear the words of Pope Benedict XVI or if they are twisted or even obliterated by the wolves in the Curia who hate Peter.
How do we know?

Cruise the Groove. said...

I wonder how much of Peters words we actually here, these days, without the wolves in the Curia twisting them?

St. Michael the Archangel's supplicant said...

"Veni Sancte Spiritus". . .This homily was given on the Feast of St. Pius X !

The echoing words of Pope John Paul I are the significant reminder: "He [Christ] promises to build on him [Peter] His Church, which will not be overthrown by the forces of evil or death. He grants him the keys of the kingdom of God, thus appointing him the HIGHEST OFFICIAL OF HIS CHURCH, and gives him the power to interpret authentically the law of God."

The rebellion against ALL authority is the diabolical tactic infiltrated upon this earth through the rebellious demons who are intertwining their influencial inspirations to intellects throughout society in these last decades of their final stand of defiance.

The "fog" of time that their diabolical dust has clouded souls with is "You don't NEED AUTHORITY. . .you can NOT trust authority." as they confuse the multitudes simply satiating the passions with pleasures thusly weakening wills into apathy for little else than the next sense gratification. Ideologies, once esoterically obscured, reveal themselves as simply power struggles of pride when societies can no longer struggle for anything beyond their fingertips reaching for unceasing tidbits of enjoyment.

This is where the Holy Father and H.E. Bishop Fellay convene. There is NO CHURCH without the Highest Papal Authority. There is NO ERROR in the True Teachings of the Catholic Church despite human frailties of application.

May ALL who have "ears to hear. . .hear" and awaken to the following reality. H.E. Bishop Fellay is being guided by the Holy Spirit through Divine Providence to the Vicar of Christ. There, in the time that Our Father Wills, he will be the humble instrument to receive the official recognition of the SSPX as wholely amongst the Catholic Church. From that point, governed by Divine Providence through obedience beholden to the Sovereign Pontiff, the Commandments of God and the Commandments of the Church, this Apostolic Bishop and ALL faithful Catholic Children that he shepherds will assist the Holy Father in his Apostolic mission to defend the Church against the barrage of Beelzebub. Visibly joining the other orders and individuals who are tenaciously adherent to the Commandments of God, the Commandments of the Church and the Authority of the Sovereign Pontiff, the strengthening of the Church Militant will enable the Holy Father to lead the Church AWAY FROM THE ERRORS that have pervaded her ranks. The errors will be burnt up in the Apocalyptic smoke while souls weep in confusion but the Church will continue as guaranteed by Christ with the Holy Father at the helm surrounded by the Faithful singing: "Alleluia! for the Lord, our God Almighty, now reigns! Let us be glad and rejoice, and give glory to Him"

We are prepared for these monumental Apocalyptic moments by prayer, penance and precise performance of our duty of state that our souls may be extracted from the confused, apathetic mires of satiated senses and intellectual errors. Eternal Wisdom delays Divine Providence to bring these moments to fruition until the faithful are prepared. "Alleluia! salvation and glory and power belong to our God. For true and just are His judgments."

May St. Michael the Archangel surround the Sovereign Pontiff and H.E. Bishop Fellay with his valiant Angelic Assistants, escorting them with St. Joseph, "Terror of Demons" and the Queen of the Angels to her Son's Apocalyptic Throne that they may behold all things from His Omniscient perspective.

James Hahn II said...

"St. Paul was not "affectionate" to St. Peter when he resisted him to his face." Wow. I've only ever heard reasoning like this while debating Protestants.

Prof. Basto said...

Mea culpa, mea culpa, mea maxima culpa!