31 And the Lord said: Simon, Simon, behold Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: 32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and thou, being once converted, confirm thy brethren. 33 Who said to him: Lord, I am ready to go with thee, both into prison, and to death.
Peter went on to deny Our Lord 3 times before the rooster crowed. The Popes have had 2000 years to learn from that initial mistake. …some better than others… Our Holy Father (compared to the first Peter) however now has brethren to comfort him, Rosaries being prayed for him, and masses offered for his intentions. And though many fail in their support of the Pontiff, we need to pray for them because they could be putting their souls at risk. Reading this passage tonight helped strengthen my faith in the Pope during this time when even those in the Church are criticizing his act of fatherly mercy.
The weight must be very heavy on Peter right now. We should remember that suffering for the sake of Christ is a sign of holiness and a call from God. Remember the Beatitudes and have hope!