Freshman/Sophomore CROSS Saint Reflection By Jessie Brower

Dec 21 2013

On December 21, we commemorate St. Peter Canisius, the patron saint of Germany. After attending law school and earning his master’s degree to please his father, he came to the realization that he would never be happy as a lawyer. At a retreat by St. Peter Faber, he knelt and God revealed to him a vision of his Sacred Heart. He devoted all his life to offering his work to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and was ordained a priest in 1546. While in Germany, St. Peter, a member of the Jesuit order, continued his vocation by writing his teachings to confirm the Catholic faith. During his lifetime, he taught at 18 colleges and wrote 37 books. When asked if he felt overworked, Peter replied, “If you have too much to do, with God’s help you will find time to do it all.” St. Peter Canisius inspires us to follow God’s vocation for us and reminds us that God helps us through times when we are stressed and feel that the job to be done is impossible.