Saint for the Day - September 9 - St. Peter
Peter Claver was a
Spanish Jesuit. In Majorca he fell in with the holy
lay-brother Alphonsus Rodriguez, who, having already
learned by revelation the saintly career of Peter,
became his spiritual guide, foretold to him the
labors he would undergo in the Indies, and the
throne he would gain in heaven. Ordained priest in
New Granada, Peter was sent to Cartagena, the great
slave-mart of the West Indies, and there he
consecrated himself by vow to the salvation of those
ignorant and miserable creatures.
For more than forty years he labored in this work.
He called himself "the slave of the slaves." He was
their apostle, father, physician, and friend. He fed
them, nursed. them with the utmost tenderness in
their loathsome diseases, often applying his own
lips to their hideous sores. His cloak, which was
the constant covering of the naked, though soiled
with their filthy ulcers, sent forth a miraculous
perfume. His rest after his great labors was in
nights of penance and prayer. However tired he might
be, when news arrived of a fresh slave-ship, Saint
Peter immediately revived, his eyes brightened, and
he was at once on board amongst his dear slaves,
bringing them comfort for body and soul. A false
charge of reiterating Baptism for a while stopped
his work. He submitted without a murmur till the
calumny was refuted, and then God so blessed his
toil that 40,000 people were baptized before he went
to his reward, in 1654.
Saint for the Day - St. Peter Claver
Read about the Saint for today - September 9 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
When you see any one standing in
need of your assistance, either
for body or soul, do not ask
yourself why some one else did
not help him, but think to
yourself that you have found a
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