Saint Thomas Aquinas said, “Hold firmly that our faith is identical with that of the ancients. Deny this, and you dissolve the unity of the Church.” And by this, we should be able to grasp the belief that our forefathers had professed and proclaimed and St. Pedro tightly cherished with all his heart, safeguarded it until death. We all knew our Catholic Faith was rooted from the Apostles and for many centuries the Church was the guardian of true faith. Moreover, to repudiate the Faith causes one to be lost in the game of salvation because our Blessed Lord said, “I am the way, the truth and the life”… “Abide in Me and I in you” for to be separated from Him means we reject the truth He has preached to the world.
As believers of Our Lord Jesus Christ, it is our principal duty to protect the faith in which we believe in even if it causes much our life. St. Pedro was steadfast in the faith when the furious natives tried to exterminate the missions in the Marianas and spread errors against the Church. Blessed Teresa of Calcutta said, “Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies” and St. Pedro gained strength from his small and humble chores. His faithfulness in the task that Blessed Diego gave him led to his great act of love— to defend the cause of God. St. Pedro expressed his faith in his labor with love as what St. James stated, “Show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works” (James 2:18).
May the Immaculate Virgin Mary, the Virgin most Faithful and Queen of Confessors, strengthened us to protect the faith, encouraged us to proclaim the faith and sustained us to live the faith. She was the “Woman of Immense Faith” standing at the foot of the cross full of hope, perfectly collaborated with Her Son and not even a single moment of Her life did She doubted Her faith in God. And may the prayers of St. Pedro, the Defender of Faith, reached us that we maybe a radiance to the world full of confusion and darkness, a light to others whose faith is declining because of the great errors of our times and a salt to all creatures that they may taste the wonders and splendors of our Faith and to “restore them to rejoice in God’s salvation” (Ps. 51:12).
By Crisanto Ma. Camacho (KNMC)