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Saint Peter Damian

(born 1007, Ravenna [Italy] — died February 22, 1072, Faenza)
Feast Day: February 21

Cardinal and doctor of the church, original leader, and a forceful figure in the Gregorian Reform movement

St. Peter Damian initially lived as a Benedictine monk but, sensitive to the needs of his time, accepted to be ordained bishop and then a cardinal. He placed Jesus at the center of his life and led the renewal of the Church in the 11th century. It was a time of corruption, greed and rampant personal ambition in the Church. Called by Jesus to speak out, Peter Damian preached against the practice of Simony (the buying and selling of religious offices, such as bishop or cardinal). He exposed the moral failings within the clergy and implored them to return to the ideals of poverty, chastity and obedience. He led the way with his own example.

Saint Peter Damian made the Church a better version of herself by following Jesus and becoming a better version of himself.

Saint Peter Damian, pray for us!