The likeness of St. Peter Claver is seen in stained glass. Canonized in 1888, St. Peter Claver is now considered the patron saint of human rights in Colombia. CNS photo/The Crosiers
The likeness of St. Peter Claver is seen in stained glass. Canonized in 1888, St. Peter Claver is now considered the patron saint of human rights in Colombia. CNS photo/The Crosiers
September 9 is the feast of Jesuit priest and missionary St. Peter Claver (1581-1654) who traveled to Colombia where he ministered to slaves trafficked there from West Africa. He is the patron saint of interracial justice.  Along with Dioceses throughout our nation responding to the call of U.S. Bishops, please join me in prayer today for the elimination of racism wherever it exists.

 

Prayer to Overcome Racism

Mary, friend and mother to all, through your Son, God has found a way to unite himself to every human being, called to be one people,

sisters and brothers to each other.

 

We ask for your help in calling on your Son,

seeking forgiveness for the times when we have failed to love and respect

one another.

 

We ask for your help in obtaining from your Son

the grace we need to overcome the evil of racism

and to build a just society.

 

We ask for your help in following your Son, so that prejudice and animosity

will no longer infect our minds or hearts but will be replaced with a love

that respects the dignity of each person.

 

Mother of the Church, the Spirit of your Son Jesus warms our hearts:

pray for us. Amen.

 

Oración para superar el racismo

 

María, amiga y madre de todos,

a través de tu Hijo Dios ha encontrado un camino para unirse a todos los seres humanos, llamados a ser un solo pueblo, hermanas y hermanos entre sí.

 

Pedimos tu ayuda al recurrir a tu Hijo, buscando el perdón por las veces

en que hemos fallado en amarnos y respetarnos.

 

Pedimos tu ayuda para obtener de tu Hijo

la gracia que necesitamos para vencer el mal del racismo y construir una sociedad justa.

 

Pedimos tu ayuda para seguir a tu Hijo, para que el prejuicio y la animosidad no infecten ya nuestras mentes o corazones sino que sean reemplazados por el

amor que respeta la dignidad de cada persona.

Madre de la Iglesia, el Espíritu de tu Hijo Jesús

alienta nuestros corazones: Ruega por nosotros. Amen.