Thursday, February 26, 2015
The Surfer Angel of Ipanema
Today the Wall Street Journal wrote a worthwhile article about Guido Schaffer, the Surfer Angel. In 2009 he drowned at the age of 34 just months before scheduled to be ordained a priest. He took care of the poor and homeless in the slums in Rio. He had a medical clinic. He had prayer groups where they would say the Rosary. And he loved to surf, and used surfing as an occasion to spread the Gospel. Many from all walks from Bishop to homeless, recognized his precious holiness and came to his funeral. They transferred his body to the Our Lady of Peace in Ipanema.
In the Wall Street Journal you get quotes from his close friend and associates:
This man is an example of my favorite kind of saints. Not contending. Not crying out in the streets. No controversy. Just living the Gospel in his own fresh manner. He had something special going.
Pleasing to God, having been made beloved, and living among sinners, he was transformed.
He was quickly taken away, for malice could not alter his understanding, nor could deceit beguile his soul.
For fascination with entertainment obscures good things, and the unfaithfulness of desire subverts the mind without malice.
Completed in a short time, he fulfilled many times.
Truly his soul was pleasing to God. Because of this, he hastened to bring him out of the midst of iniquities, but the people see this and do not understand, nor do they place such things in their hearts:
that the grace and mercy of God is with his holy ones, and he watches over his elect. (The Book of Wisdom 4:10-15)