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St. Peter Martyr...the rest of the story

Canisius | 30 April, 2006 01:26

In the entry for the Dominican saint Peter Martyr (VIII,374), Dom Gueranger quotes Pope Innocent IV, who says (among other things), "The very sword that did the deed of parricide proclaims [Peter's] glory."

This is more than pious rhetoric. Mark Johnson mentioned to me once that the man who killed Peter fled to the other side of Italy but was there overtaken by remorse. He confessed his sin to a priest and sought to join the Dominican order, but because he had committed homicide he could only become a Tertiary. He did so, and lived out the rest of his days in a spirit of penitence, and to this day the murdurer of St. Peter Martyr is venerated in that area of Italy as a local saint!


Comment Icon Paul Harvey?

Father Barry | 01/05/2006, 22:05

For some reason, I heard this entire entry in Harvey-speak. Probably had something to do with the title.

The fact itself is wonderful, though. Talk about bringing good out of evil. No one does it better than God.

(OK, that last line just sounded silly. Try reading it in a Harvey voice. That might help.)

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