The name, Peter, is derived from the Greek word, petros, which means “big rock.” Jesus renamed Peter, from Simon, to symbolize that he represented the Truth revealed by Christ. This truth forms the foundation on which our Catholic faith is built. It is a foundation so solid that it has withstood the test of time and has guided millions over the centuries to fulfillment, joy, and ultimately, everlasting life.
The world feeds us a constant diet of lies telling us that our personal happiness is the central goal of life, and that we should do whatever it takes to get it. This pursuit of happiness at-all-costs often conflicts with the Truth of our faith. As divorced Catholics we are challenged to live our faith particularly in areas of physical intimacy, remarrying without an annulment, and forgiving our ex. When confronted with the Truth, we can either take the often difficult steps and adapt our lives to it, or we can ignore it and take our own path. The Truth is the Truth, whether we believe it or not. Like a ship that ignores the lighthouse, we are sure to break ourselves against the rock of Truth, resulting in much difficulty and pain. Or, we can heed the light of faith and allow it to guide us through the rough seas of post-divorce life to safe harbor and firm ground. The choice is ours. Follow the Truth!
And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it. – Matthew 16:18