St. Processus and St. Martinian were the Roman soldiers who put St. Peter in jail. Later they converted, and died for the faith. It is the same faith we share today, 2,000 years later.
Martin Luther Loses His Catholic Identity In 1510, Martin Luther traveled from Germany to Rome hoping to reinvigorate his Catholic identity. Instead, it worsened as he saw a very wealthy and very earthly institution not focused on Christ. It’s true, he came at a time in history where corruption was rampant. He pointed to the construction of grand buildings like the Vatican as evidence. Luther said that the Church had lost its focus.
Our first Pope was not perfect Remember that Jesus chose St. Peter, a man who denied him three times, to be the first leader of His Church. From the beginning of this institution, we have had mere men leading us, but the faith is divine. (Note: the author believes we are very luck to have Pope Benedict XVI and does not associate him with any grave moral error).
The Vatican has had many additions over the centuries, each new part with the Pope’s name inscribed.
To understand the faith better in tough times, we must separate the people who govern the earthly affairs of the Church and the faith of the Church itself. It is hard, especially when it appears these leaders are living in a palace, the Vatican! The Church is the largest charitable organization in the world and educates more children than any other institution. The charity is unparalleled.
Each piece of art tells a story, many remind us of our tradition of charity But each piece of art that has been procured and taken care of for many centuries tells a story and helps to preserve our Catholic identity. Look at the stories they are telling. Real people died for this faith. Countless have lived in poverty and taken special vows to be a part of it.
“You have written well of me, Thomas” referring to a vision Thomas Aquinas had.
Referring to the altars, Fr. Cristoforo told me, “There is something really special about this, it is not a faith that was discovered ten or twenty years ago.” The Catholic faith has stood the test of time from enemies both internal and external.
I was fortunate enough to attend a Mass being celebrated by Fr. at the Altar of Sts. Processus and Martinian. This is a special place for those who look to share their identity as a convert.
Altar in St. Peter’s Basilica: St. Processus and St. Martinian were the Roman soldiers who put St. Peter in jail. Later they converted, and died for the faith. It is the same faith we share today, 2,000 years later.
The Vatican art tells a story of our 2,000 year old faith. It reminds us of the charitable lives we ought to live, even if some of the men who commissioned the art did not live up to those standards themselves. We are Catholic, we are proud of our duty of charity, and this art helps preserve our identity.