Saint Raymond Nonnatus

The Saint of the Day for August 31 is St. Raymond Nonnatus.

Raymond became a priest due to his quiet persistence in prayer and study.

He was born to a noble Spanish family in 1204. His mother died during child birth and his father had high expectations for Raymond to serve in the country’s Royal Court. However, the young Raymond felt drawn to religious life. In an attempt to dissuade him, his father ordered him to manage one of the family farms. However, Raymond spent his time with the workers, studying, and praying. His father finally gave up and allowed Raymond to enter the Mercederians.

Fr. Raymond spent his entire estate ransoming slaves. He even offered himself as a hostage to free another. He was sentenced to death but was spared because his ransom would bring in a large amount of money.

During his imprisonment, he succeeded at converting some of his guards. To keep him from continuing his preaching, his captors bored a hole through his lips with a hot iron, and attached a padlock. He was eventually ransomed, and he returned to Barcelona in 1239.

That year, he was named a cardinal by Pope Gregory IX. The following year, in 1240, he was summoned to Rome, but barely made it out of Barcelona before he died at the age of 36.

St. Raymond is the patron saint of pregnant women, childbirth, and newborn infants.” – “St. Raymond Nonnatus”, A Catholic View

This article found on A Catholic View tells all about one of the not so well known patron saints, Saint Raymond Nonnatus. It was good to see this article posted over on A Catholic View because I enjoyed reading about Saint Raymond. I had never read anything about what he did with his lift before, and this gave me a chance to do just that. He suffered through some tortures for his faith and was a great person. Everybody should take the time to pray to Saint Raymond today, as it is his feast day.

Saint of the Day

“The Saint of the Day for August 10 is St. Lawrence.

This young deacon and heroic martyr is numbered among those saints who were most highly venerated by the ancient Roman Church. Next to the feast of Sts. Peter and Paul, that of St. Lawrence ranked highest in the Roman sanctoral cycle. “From the rising of the sun unto its setting,” says St. Leo, “whenever the glory of Levites beams forth in splendor, Rome is deemed no less illustrious because of Lawrence than Jerusalem because of Stephen.”

Even though we have no genuine account of St. Lawrence’s martyrdom, we do possess considerable evidence from most ancient times regarding the particulars of his passion. Legendary Acts tell how Lawrence was a disciple of Pope Sixtus II (257-258), who dearly loved him because of his special talents, but principally because of his innocence; in spite of his youth, the Pope numbered him among the seven deacons of Rome and raised him to the position of archdeacon. As such, Lawrence had the immediate care of the altar and was at the side of the saintly Pope whenever he offered the holy Sacrifice; to him also was confided the administration of the goods of the Church and the responsibility of caring for the poor.

During the persecution of Emperor Valerian (253-260), Sixtus II and his four deacons were martyred. Very ardently Lawrence desired to die with his spiritual father and therefore said to him: “Father, where are you going without your son? Where are you hastening, O priest, without your deacon? Never before did you offer the holy Sacrifice without assistants. In what way have I displeased you? In what way have you found me unfaithful in my office? Oh, try me again and prove to yourself whether you have chosen an unworthy minister for the service of the Church. So far you have been trusting me with distributing the Blood of the Lord.” – “Feast of Saint Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr”, A Catholic View

This post over on A Catholic View was a great read. It is quite lengthy so I didn’t post the full text here on My Catholic Blog, but if you are interested in checking out the reminder of the article click here. Saint Lawrence suffered for his belief in Christianity and was killed for it. He is one of my favorite patron saints, and I happen to have his medal on a gold chain. You should really take the time to read the rest of this post on A Catholic View and learn more about the life and works of Saint Lawrence.