St Peter Claver, chosen by the Lord for your good
heart, you were an exemplar of humanity and a sower of the divine Word. May we
know how to imitate your love for God and for our neighbour.
Because of your immense generosity, you became a
citizen of the world to serve the poor, the sick and the forgotten. You
dedicated yourself with love and respect, with simplicity, humility, patience
and commitment, to the service of those who had been subjected to slavery. You
made yourself “a slave of the slaves forever,” and you broke down all racial,
religious, social and cultural prejudices. Make us also love our brothers and
sisters through works and deeds, avoiding all forms of discrimination.
Peter Claver, you were a faithful imitator of the example of Jesus in the midst
of his own people. Teach us to bear witness to him, to become better people and
not to ignore our fellow human beings, especially those who suffer because of
their condition. We ask this of you through Jesus, the Christ, our Lord, our
God and our brother, who lives with the Father and the Holy Spirit today and