Saturday, September 9, 2017

To love as we ought...

"Blessed is the influence of one truly loving
human soul on another." - George Eliot
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"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 Catalonia, Spain ~ 1581–1654
Jesuit, missionary to South America
Apostolate to Africans on slave ships, sailors and traders 
Ten thousand African slaves arrived every month.
He entered the ships bearing food, medicine, brandy and sweets.  
He taught the brutalized slaves about the mercy of God.
In 33 years, estimated to have baptized 300,000 +
FEAST DAY - Sept 9
 Painting above: Sacred Heart of Jesus ~ Henri Pinta

 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 our hands
by giving, before we try to speak to them with our lips."

St Peter Claver, pray for us!

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