Peter Faber

Peter Faber (1506-1546) was a co-founder of the Society of Jesus, along with Ignatius of Loyola and five other companions, who had met while in studies at the University of Paris. Peter was known for his preaching and teaching, but especially for his ability to guide people in making the spiritual exercises, a retreat geared toward discerning a path in life or any other life-giving or life-changing decision one was facing.

At a Mass celebrating Peter’s canonization in 2013, Pope Francis said, “Faber experienced the desire to let the center of his heart be occupied by Christ. Only when centered in God is it possible to go out toward the peripheries of the world.”

It’s this spirit of engagement with others that is reflected in Pope Francis’ own ministry–his simplicity of spirit, his compassion and gentleness, his vision of the gospel–which is an inspiration to us to live out our call to follow the Lord in our own life.

We pray today that, with the example and intercession of St. Peter Faber, we too might experience the desire to let the center of our heart be occupied by Christ.

“I am the bread of life, says the Lord; whoever comes to me will not hunger and whoever believes in me will not thirst.” (John 6:35)

The images in today’s post were made in Cape May, NJ.

3 thoughts on “Peter Faber

  1. So beautiful! I especially like the black and white shots! Perfect!

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  2. These are great photos, Fr. Ron, of “the painted ladies” and some exquisite nature shots. Your photos are a testament to a greater power. Best, Lynn


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  3. I recently learned that Peter prayed for three years on the First Movement of the Spiritual Exercises before Ignatius would allow him to advance to the Second Movement. It speaks volume about both saints.

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