Today the church celebrates the solemnity of Saint Peter and Saint Paul. Leading up to this solemnity there is a novena that can be said to both saints. This year was the first year I ever partook in this novena, and in my personal opinion this may be one of the most powerful novenas, mainly because it speaks to two of the most powerful saints ever to have lived. Within the first day of praying this novena I saw the intercession of these Saints in my life.
“Pray that we will have greater faith and greater courage to defend our faith,” were the words spoken on the first day. The next day I found myself defending my faith and beliefs in a way that I had actually previously prayed I would never have to, in fear of speaking against the society in which I lived. Despite all my fear, I could not refrain from speaking up. Needless to say, as I walked away from that defensive maneuver, I found myself in awe, and days later I saw fruits of that same defense of my faith.
Saint Peter and Paul walked with Jesus, heard His voice, and eventually died for Him.
I was rescued from the lion’s mouth. The Lord will rescue me from every evil threat and will bring me safe to his heavenly Kingdom. To him be glory forever and ever.
2 Tm 4:17–18
These saints were able to see the evil attacks placed on them, and with each attack they could see the glory of God manifested through it. Jesus told Peter directly that the gates of the netherworld may advance but will never conquer over the Church, and Peter was the rock upon which the Church was built. These saints were prevalent in their time, but their intercession has not gone away, and if anything, their presence is even stronger now. This world is in chaos, and the people are in need of saints willing to speak the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth.