A Church rocked by scandal after scandal
Many people were running away from the Church and many others were attacking it.
But Peter had faith and he felt called to do what he could to rebuild the Church as a community of faith in Jesus Christ.
He traveled and spoke widely and wrote extensively. He defended the Church vigorously against its attackers and worked to reform the lives and education of the Catholic clergy, even at its highest levels.
Peter consoled victims of sectarian strife and preached Christ to the multitudes.
Many would later say that Peter almost single-handedly saved the Church in his adopted country.
St. Peter Canisius, S.J., sometimes called the "Second Apostle of Germany," died on this very day in 1597.
(adapted from an earlier post)