Lesser Know Saints

Peter Claver, SJ, (26 June 1581–8 September 1654)
Remember him, Peter Claver is one of the Jesuit Saints. Claver was born during the slave trade and it played an important role in his life. After a couple of year at university he wrote in a notebook “I must dedicate myself to the service of God until death, on the understanding that I am like a slave.” After college he joined the Jesuits and from there he volunteered to be sent to New Spain. Claver was sent to Granada where he lived in the port city of Cartagena which happened to be a slave trading hub. After he was ordained he would go on to slave ships as they arrived and minister to the slaves. Then after the slaves were sent where ever Claver would go and visit those he baptized to make sure that they were being treated as fellow Christians . His ministry would put him at odds with some of his brother Jesuits who were in favor of slavery. Claver over his 40 years of ministry it is specualated that he would have catechized and baptized about 300,000 individuals. Peter Claver is an inspiration to all who champion civil rights and equal rights for all.

Aubert, also known as Autbert (d. 720 AD)
Aubert was bishop of Avranches in the 8th century and is credited with founding Mont Saint-Michel. According to legend Aubert had a vision in which Saint Michael told him to build an oratory at the mouth of the Couesnon River, Abuert didn’t pay attention so eventually the Archangel Michael came back and drove his finger into Aubert skull and told him the same thing. Aubert would eventually build the oratory, Mont Saint-Michel. Mont Saint-Michel is one of the cooler medieval fortresses that still exists. The relic of Aubert’s skull with a hole where St. Michael finger was can be seen at the Saint-Gervais Basilica. Although it is now largely believed to be just some random skull that was trepanated, that is with a burr hole in it as a medical procedure.

Guy of Anderlecht (also, Guido, Guidon, Wye of Láken) (ca. 950–1012)
Guy was born into a poor family, he worked as a farmer and eventually became a sacristan of a church. Guy remained there until he was convinced to invest in a trading venture, when the ship his investment was on sank Guy took this as a sign from God that he was being too greedy. Guy went on a pilgrimage to repent first to Rome and then to Jerusalem where he worked as a guide to other pilgrims. Guy would die on his way back home. Guy is a reminder to all of us that we need to be humble about all we have in our lives.

Amatus, also called Saint Ame and Amatus, also called St. Aimé
They both were a Benedictine monks and It seems like they could possibly be the same person even though one was French and the other Swiss.



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