St. Peter of Verona was born of parents belonging to the sect of Manicheeans. In his infancy he already despised this sect, and in his boyhood he attended a Catholic school where he learned the true faith. Being once asked what he learned he recited the The Apostles Creed. His uncle, provoked at this, commanded him to renounce this faith; but he replied: "Willingly will I obey thee in all just things; but as to my faith I believe in God the Father, the Almighty Creator of heaven and earth." His father's punishment was threatened him; yet he answered: "I honor and fear my father; but I love and fear still more God, the Almighty Father." In this faith he persevered until he was stricken down by heretics, and whilst dying wrote with his own blood the Apostles' Creed.
In the light of faith we salute thee, O Mary, as the Mother of God. Accept our hearts as a sacrifice; dispel from them all darkness and doubts; fill them with the treasures of faith, and increase this faith, that after this life we may see, not by faith alone, but face to face, thee and thy Divine Son in heaven. Amen.