Thursday, February 22, 2024

The Chair of Saint Peter and Father Giussani

February 22 is the Feast of the Chair of Saint Peter (the “chair”—cathedra—is the bishop’s “seat” in his diocese, indicating his authority as successor to the Apostles). White is today’s liturgical color and the “Gloria” is sung!

So this means that some celebration is appropriate. The ministry of the Papacy is a great gift to us all.

This day is also the nineteenth anniversary of the death of the Servant of God Monsignor Luigi Giussani. We have only begun to benefit from the great wisdom that the Lord gave him:

Here is the paradox: freedom is dependence upon God. It is a paradox, but it is absolutely clear. The human being – the concrete human person, me, you – once we were not, now we are, and tomorrow will no longer be: thus we depend. And either we depend upon the flux of our material antecedents, and are consequently slaves of the powers that be, or we depend upon What lies at the origin of the movement of all things, beyond them, which is to say, God” (Luigi Giussani).