“The Lord said to Simon Peter: ‘I have prayed that your own faith may not fail; and once you have turned back, you must strengthen your brothers’ “(Luke 22:32).
Today’s feast heightens our love for the Church to which we belong.
The “chair” of Peter represents the authority Christ Jesus gave to Peter and his successors – the popes. Christ Jesus established One Church – one “chair.” He forever remains Founder and Head.
- “The Lord is one. The Church is one. The Chair founded by Christ is one” (Cyprian of Carthage, +258).
- “Where Peter is, there is the Church” (Ambrose of Milan, +397).
- “I am a daughter of the Church” (Teresa of Avila, +1582).