Saint Peter Claver (1581-1654)
for September 9
Saint Peter Claver truly internalized Jesus' message of compassion and love to all, especially the forgotten, the poor, and the sick. At a time when nobody felt compassion for, let alone helped, African slaves, Saint Peter Claver devoted his life to helping them. In many people's eyes, this likely made Saint Peter Claver an outcast. Are there people, or groups of people, in your life or your community who are often despised and looked down on? How could you more fully love them as Saint Peter Claver loved the slaves?
Dear Jesus, please help those who are currently persecuted to feel and know your love for them. Help me to recognize opportunities to show others your compassion and love.