“If this is the way You treat Your friends, no wonder You have so few!” cried St. Therese de Avila. Loyalty is essential in living our life in the Spirit because this will lead us to our glory in heaven. In our Christian vocation we must be steadfast and constant no matter what happen for our Blessed Lord said that he who perseveres till the end will be saved. Saint Pedro Calungsod tangibly showed this to the world when he died together with Blessed Diego in Guam for he believed that loyalty to his superior is loyalty to Christ. Loyalty implies a sense of duty or devoted attachment to something or someone with these St. Pedro from his deep and profound contemplation found out that he had to protect the saintly priest for as what Blessed Teresa of Calcutta said, “The fruit of prayer is faith.”
“Death rather than sin” exclaimed St. Dominic Savio, Don Bosco’s holy pupil. This exclamation of St. Dominic was his concrete manifestation of loyalty to his Creator that it is better to die than to hurt his Sovereign Lover. The martyrdom of St. Pedro on the other hand was his obvious illustration of loyalty and fidelity to God. “Fourscore and six years have I served Him, and he has done me no harm. How then can I curse my King that saved me?” St. Polycarp strongly professed before his executioner. We, as baptized Christian were called to follow the “Lamb of God” as what the Saints did and was clear in the life of St. Polycarp and St. Pedro.
May the Immaculate Virgin Mary, the Lady of Steadfastness, encourage us the more to live the faith in the Spirit of fidelity to Christ’s commandments. The sacred Scripture told us that if God is with us who can be against us and all the more the Lord entrusted all the graces we need to the Immaculate especially of the virtue of fortitude in bearing crosses. May the infinite prayers of St. Pedro, the loyal Servant of Christ, be upon us that like him we may be loyal and constant to the vows we made before Him. Lastly, let us befriend the cross for by it Christ, the Begotten Son of the Father, showed his loyalty and fidelity of his covenant to man recalling the words of St. Thomas More saying, “Tribulation is a gift from God – one that he especially gives His special friends.”
Be loyal. Be pious. Be happy. Be holy.
Ave Maria! +