A preacher faithful unto death

On April 29, the timeless liturgy of Holy Mother Church reminds us how to use the word ensample in a sentence, and what it takes to be one. To set the context, let us ponder a riddle making the rounds recently (surely not for the first time) that goes like this:

Q:  Who’s greater, the Dominicans or the Jesuits?

A:  The Dominicans were founded to combat Albigensianism.
The Jesuits were founded to combat Protestantism.
So: seen any Albigensians lately?

Not, to be sure, that the defense of the Faith by the Society of Jesus has been without cost, as witness the North American martyrs to whom Copley Crypt Chapel at Georgetown University is dedicated. That said, April 29 is dedicated in the traditional calendar to St. Peter of Verona, a Dominican who was assassinated at the hands of Manichean heretics (or “dissenters,” as the specious “spirit of Vatican II” would have it) in the 13th century.

Perhaps you thought the Manicheans died out a few years after St. Augustine of Hippo? If so, think again. And the dualistic legacy of their heresy lives to this day.

The Collect of the Traditional Latin Mass for the Feast of St Peter, Martyr:

Præsta, quaesumus, omnípotens Deus: ut beáti Petri Martyris tui fidem cóngrua devotióne sectémur; qui, pro eiúsdem fídei dilatatióne, martýrii palmam méruit obtinére. Per Dominum nostrum Iesum Christum, Filium tuum: qui tecum vivit et regnat in unitate Spiritus Sancti Deus, per omnia saecula saeculorum. Amen.

Grant us grace, we beseech thee, O Almighty God, to follow with zeal conformable thereto after the pattern of that great ensample of faith, thy blessed Martyr Peter, who, for the spreading of the same faith, did so run as to obtain the palm of martyrdom. Through Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Ghost, ever one God, world without end. Amen.