Saint Peter Julian Eymard (1811-1868)

for August 3

Saint Peter Julian Eymard was born in La Mure d'Isere, France. Peter joined the seminary at Grenoble, and was ordained a priest in 1834. At first, Peter's father opposed his choice to pursue religious life, which made the decision difficult for Peter. Eventually, after serving as a parish priest for many years, he joined the Marists. He started the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament, which focused on perpetual Eucharistic adoration. Saint Peter Julian Eymard was beatified in 1925 and canonized in 1962.

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Saint Peter Julian Eymard chose to become a priest against his father's wishes. This was extremely difficult for Saint Peter, but he knew that he wanted to be a priest and that God was calling him to it. Saint Peter demonstrates how, sometimes, in choosing a path that agrees with our desires, beliefs and/or faith, we will encounter opposition from those we love. While it is important to consider the advice of those to whom we are closest, it is also important to be willing, after a careful examination, to continue on our journey confidently.


Dear Jesus, please give me the wisdom to discern your will and the courage and confidence to carry out this will regardless of the opinions of others.