St. Peter Claver (1580–1654), whose memorial we celebrate today, offers a timely witness as our nation reckons anew with the enduring scourge of racism. The Catholic Church venerates St. Peter Claver as the patron saint of African Americans and slaves, but Claver himself was neither. Truer to his own biography, what might we learn from Claver, the pioneering patron of white anti-racism?
Topics: communion of saints, Social Justice, Catholic Social Teaching, Catholic Worker, racism, St. Peter Claver, anti-racism
Looking for new ideas or resources to engage your faith or your ministry? Here are our weekly curated links, including offerings in each of the following categories: Prayer for the Home, Educational Opportunities, Resources (for ministers, educators, parents, etc.), and Flourishing and Fun.
Topics: liturgical music, Corporal Works of Mercy, Social Justice, visual arts, domestic church, coronavirus, COVID-19 Resources, Spiritual Works of Mercy, racism, ministry resources
“The social message of the Gospel must not be considered a theory,
but above all else a basis and a motivation for action.”
—John Paul II, Centesimus Annus, §57i
Topics: St. John Paul II, Social Justice, Respect Life Month