The divine Master commanded Saint Peter to walk on the waters. And when Saint Peter heard the wind blowing and saw the dangerous storm, he was afraid, and this fear almost submerged him. So he asked the Master’s help, and Jesus reprimanded him, saying, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” And holding out his hand to him, the master assured him.
– St. Pio of Pietrelcina
“Bear your share of the hardship which the Gospel entails,” writes Paul to Timothy in today’s Second Reading (2 Tim 1:8). This is not idle exhortation to endurance. No, it is an invitation to enter more deeply into the Christian vocation which belongs to us all by Baptism.
-St. John Paul II
Prayer for the Pope
Lord, source of eternal life and truth, give to Your shepherd Francis a spirit of knowledge and love. By governing with fidelity those entrusted to his care may he, as successor to the apostle Peter and vicar of Christ, build Your Church into a sacrament of unity, love, and peace for all the world.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever.