Friday 22 February 2019

2 Special Character 2019 Week 3

Friday 22 February is a Feast Day called “The Chair of Saint Peter”.  This Feast is a celebration of the unity of the Church founded by St Peter the Apostle.  Jesus told Peter “And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not prevail against it.” (Matthew 16:18).  As Catholics, we believe that the Holy Spirit breathes in the Church through the ministry of the bishops in union with the Pope.  It has already lasted longer than any other human organisation or empire.   A couple of well known hymns are very suitable for this feast day; firstly, “The Church’s One Foundation” and “Faith of our Fathers”.

February 22 is also the anniversary of a massive Earthquake in Christchurch in which many people died.  May they rest in peace.

“Prayer is the inner bath of love into which the soul plunges itself.” (St John Vianney)
St John Vianney, Priest, 1786 - 1859

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