Blessed Pedro Calungsod is one step closer to being canonized as the second Filipino saint! He was a sacristan, misionary, martyr…died when he was a faithful 18-year old assistant missionary to Blessed Diego Luis de San Vitores, a Jesuit priest who he was missioned with to the Marianas Islands and Guam. Educated with the Ignatian spirit, also filipino (from ilo ilo, the place where my dad grew up) and reading about his life of mission, Blessed Pedro Calungsod is automatically my new bff.
Here is his prayer:
Blessed Pedro Calungsod,
student, catechist, young migrant,
missionary, faithful friend, martyr,
you inspire us
by your fidelity in times of adversity;
by your courage in teaching the faith
in the midst of hostility;
and by your love in shedding your blood
for the sake of the Gospel.
Make our troubles your own
(here mention your request)
and intercede for us
before the throne of Mercy and Grace
as we experience the help of heaven,
we may be encouraged to live
and proclaim the Gospel here on earth.
And…a wikipedia link! 🙂