"Blessed is the influence of one truly
loving human soul on another. ~ George Eliot
"To love God as He ought to be loved,
we must be detached from all temporal love.
We must love nothing but Him,
or if we love anything else,
we must love it only for His sake."
St Peter Claver
Native of Spain ~ 1581–1654
Jesuit, missionary to South America
Apostolate to Africans on slave ships,
sailors and traders
Estimated to have baptized 300,000 +
FEAST DAY - Sept 9
Peter Claver understood that concrete service like the distributing
of medicine, food or brandy to his black brothers and sisters
could be as effective a communication of the word of God as mere verbal preaching.
Peter said of the slaves, "We must speak to them with