Saturday, September 09, 2006St. Peter Claver, priest
St. Peter Claver was the son of a farmer. He was a Jesuit and priest, and a missionary in America, primarily to slaves. He organized charities among the Spanish in America similar to those organized in Europe by St. Vincent de Paul. He was born in 1581 in Verdu, Catalonia, Spain, and died 8th of September 1654 in Colombia...
Prayer to St. Peter Claver:Dear Saint of our modern times, you were permeated with compassion for the oppressed, for human beings sold as slaves and treated as expendable beasts. While alleviating their natural ills, you also took away their spiritual ills, and taught them the surpassing knowledge of Christ. Inspire many of our contemporaries to become self-sacrificing missionaries like you. Amen.