“Tend the flock of God in your midst” (1 Peter 5:2)
On This Date…
On February 22, 1732 George Washington was born on a farm in Westmoreland County, Virginia. He married Martha Custis on January 6, 1759; they had no children, but Washington was later known as “Father of his country.” He was a delegate to The Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia in May 1787, serving as president of the Convention. He was unanimously elected the first President of the United States and was inaugurated in New York City on April 30, 1789. He died on December 14, 1799 at Mount Vernon, Virginia, where he is buried. Thomas Jefferson said of George Washington, “His integrity was the most pure, his justice the most inflexible. He was, indeed, in every sense of the word, a wise, a good, and a great man.”
On February 22 early Roman Christians celebrated a feast in honor of their beloved ancestors in faith, including Saints Peter and Paul; when their feast was moved to June 29, today’s celebration focused on Saint Peter and his successors as bishop of Rome.
Today we pray for our religious and civil leaders, keeping in mind these words of Saint Peter heard at Mass today: “Tend the flock of God in your midst”.