S e n t i r e C u m E c c l e s i a

"To keep ourselves right in all things, we ought to hold fast to this principle: What seems to me to be white, I will believe to be black if the hierarchical Church thus determines it. For we believe that between Christ our Lord, the Bridegroom, and the Church, His Spouse, there is the one same Spirit who governs and guides us for the salvation of our souls..." - Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius [365]

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

The "Cura Personalis" Saint

Today, the Society of Jesus celebrates the memory of Blessed Peter Faber, S.J. One of the original companions whose friendship at the University of Paris eventually led them to form the Society of Jesus, Peter Faber (1506-1546) grew up as a shepherd in the high pastures of the French Alps of the Savoy region. At the University of Paris, he met Ignatius and tutored him in Aristotle, while Ignatius tutored the former shepherd in spiritual matters. Faber became an effective preacher and giver of the Spiritual Exercises, working in Italy, Spain, Portugal and Germany. He was instrumental in establishing the Society of Jesus in Portugal, and was appointed by Pope Paul III to be one of the papal theologians at the Council of Trent. He died in Rome on his way to the Council, in the presence of his friend Ignatius (from www.sjweb.info). Below is a prayer believed to be composed by Blessed Peter Faber:

I beg of you, my Lord,
to remove anything
which separates me from you,
and you from me.


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