Our Blessed Lord said, “Blessed are the pure of heart for they shall see God” (Mt. 5:8) because the pure of heart can encounter God face to face. The virtue of purity enables us to see the beauty of God’s creation especially in our neighbor with genuine charity. Saint Pedro as missionary of Christ lived the life of holiness by preserving his purity. How? By frequenting the sacraments of Reconciliation (Confession) and of the Holy Eucharist. In addition, his deep and tender devotion to the Immaculate is his strong armor against the snares of hell, the allurements of the world and the cravings of the flesh. Our Lady gives him strength to endure the challenges of the mission especially against the temptations of the flesh in which St. Alphonsus Ma. De Ligouri called the shortcut to hell.
In order to avoid committing sins in general one needs to have a strong prayer life, habitual exercise of chastity, purity of intention and of vision (CCC 2532). These are part and parcel of becoming a chaste missionary of Christ. St. Teresa de Avila said, “How often I failed in my duty to God, because I was not leaning on the strong pillar of prayer.” St. Pedro made prayer as an integral part of his missionary life because he perfectly understood that prayer is a condition sine qua non for all state of life; it maybe in single blessedness, in married life or in religious life or to the priesthood. He made a habit the constant practice of chastity for the love of God and of the Immaculate— the models of perfect chastity.
In serving the Lord we should possess the purity of intention, for by this, we can serve our brethren without self-interest and malice-free. St. Pedro renounces everything for the Gospel. If he had malice in his service to the Lord he could possibly obtain wealth by fooling others but this he never did because he knew perfectly what kind of life he was in and he lived what believe in. “The eyes are the windows to our soul”, as what ancient dictum said, and because of this, we should safeguard our eyes from what is impure by being modest for St. Leonard of Port Maurice said, “If you desire to be chaste, be retired, be honest, be mortified.” Lastly, the purity of life is the fruit of prayer said Blessed Teresa of Calcutta. All of this undoubtedly can be found in St. Pedro Calungsod.
By Crisanto Ma. Camacho (KNMC)