Posted by: fvbcdm | September 10, 2011

Feast of Saint Peter Claver (9 Sept 2011)

This Friday we celebrate the commemoration of Saint Peter Claver, a Spanish Jesuit priest who became very much aware of the terrible injustices visited upon the people of west Africa by the slave-traders of the time. He came to this hemisphere in 1610 and spent the rest of his life in what is now Colombia, doing what he could to alleviate the sufferings of the black men and women who had been kidnapped in the jungles of Africa by those who lived along the coast, then sold to the slave traders who brought them under terrible conditions to the New World where they were sold like animals to those who wanted them as laborers in their farms, plantations, and mines. The racial problems that plague us today are the result of the evils and injustices of the slave trade of those days, just as the sex trade of the prostitution racket is one of the shames of our world today.
 
Then, we are all very much aware that Sunday, September 11, 2011 is the tenth anniversary of the infamous “9/11” when Muslim terrorists committed the unheard of atrocities in New York City, Washington, and in western Pennsylvania. Their murderous crimes of that one day has left an entire world marked by war, fear, suspicion, insecurity, and great inconvenience and expense in the travel industry. Again, evils stemming from evils.  Human beings suffering greatly because of the crimes of other humans.  As the famous “Peter, Paul, and Mary” folksong of the 60s used to ask: “ Oh when will they ever learn? Oh when will they ever learn?”
 
Our Divine Lord says to us in the gospels: “Blessed are the peacemakers for they shall be called the children of God.” And he says elsewhere: “Put away the sword; those who take up the sword, die by the sword.” Let us pray today the words that we find at Mass each day at the “Lamb of God” just before Communion: “Have mercy on us; have mercy on us; give us PEACE!”  Thank you for seeking God’s truth.  God bless you.  Father Victor Brown, O.P.

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