St. Peter Claver: total self-giving through generous hospitality

9 September: Feast of St. Peter Claver, a Spanish Jesuit who for 38 years dedicated himself to the spiritual and material well-being of enslaved Africans in Cartagena, Colombia.

At the beginning of the 16th century, the Spanish Jesuit Peter Claver gave himself heart and soul to the service of enslaved Africans in Colombia. Following his example, let us ask the Lord to give us the desire to serve our brothers and sisters, especially the most rejected.

Even today, multitudes of men, women and children still live like slaves. For all these people, for all those who work for their liberation and dignity, let us pray to the Lord through the intercession of St Peter Claver, who became the slave of the slaves.

Let us also ask the Lord to give us the strength to commit ourselves also to the liberation of those who suffer from various forms of slavery even today.

When Peter Claver wrote to his superior in 1627, he recounted the arrival of a slave ship in the port of Cartagena, “So we addressed them, not with words, but with our hands and our assistance.”

Watch “Black Lives Matters... and St. Peter Claver”, in the series What can Jesuit Saints teach us today?

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