September 9 – Saint Peter Claver

Saint Peter Claver

listenHoly Jesus, Saint Peter Claver was known as “the Slave of the Blacks” because during the arrival of slaves in America, he ministered to them physically and spiritually.  He entered the smelly cargo holds of the ships to care for the dead and sick captives.  He also baptized 300,000 slaves, and he worked to influence plantation owners to treat their slaves humanely.  I ask him to pray for all those African-Americans who are still suffering the effects of slavery and prejudice.  Help us to see each other as You see us, unconcerned about skin color, and forgive those who have treated others poorly.  Saint Peter, pray for us.  Amen.

Quotes for Today

Saint Peter Claver (1581-1654)

quoteMan’s salvation and perfection consists of doing the will of God which he must have in view in all things, and at every moment of his life.”

quoteWe must speak to them with our hands by giving, before we try to speak to them with our lips.”

Blessed Antoine-Frédéric Ozanam (1813-1853)
Feast day September 9

quoteIt is our vocation to set people’s hearts ablaze, to do what the Son of God did, who came to light a fire on earth in order to set it ablaze with His love.”


The prayer above is from Terry Modica’s book Daily Prayers with the Saints.

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