|St. Peter Claver (1581-1684)|
Here at Ole Miss, we seem to be particularly sensitive (and for good reason) to race relations and matters of equality. After all, our campus was the epicenter for an important mark in the Movement. Exactly how far we have come in this regard is a debate for another day, but for Catholics, Mr. Thomas' death just happens to fall within the same week as another day devoted to one who broke down racial barriers. Today, the Church celebrates the feast of St. Peter Claver, a man who tirelessly and selflessly bucked the social mores of his time (the 17th century) in order to minister to African slaves in South America, recognizing their humanity and serving them as brothers and sisters in the Lord.
Take a moment today to thank God for the advances that we've made in racial reconciliation and justice and pray for perfection in this area. How far have we come? Lord only knows. How far do we have yet to go? Again, God knows. But, most importanly, only he can lead us to perfection. "Miserere nobis..."