Saint for the Day - January 23 - St. Raymund of
Born A. D. 1175, of a
noble Spanish family, Raymund, at the age of twenty,
taught philosophy at Barcelona with marvellous
success. Ten years later his rare abilities won for
him the degree of Doctor in the University of
Bologna, and many high dignities.
A tender devotion to our blessed Lady, which had
grown up with him from childhood, determined him in
middle life to renounce all his honors and to enter
her Order of St. Dominic. There, again, a vision of
the Mother of Mercy instructed him to co÷perate with
his penitent St. Peter Nolasco, and with James, King
of Aragon, in founding the Order of Our Lady of
Ransom for the Redemption of Captives. He began this
great work by preaching a crusade against the Moors,
and rousing to penance the Catholics, enslaved in
both soul and body by the infidel. King James of
Aragon, a man of great qualities, but held in bond
by a ruling passion, was bidden by the Saint to put
away the cause of his sin.
On his delay, Raymund asked for leave to depart from
Majorca, since he could not live with sin. The king
refused, and forbade, under pain of death, his
conveyance by others. Full of faith, Raymund spread
his cloak upon the waters, and, tying one end to his
staff as a sail, made the sign of the cross and
fearlessly stepped upon it. In six hours he was
borne to Barcelona, where, gathering up his cloak
dry, he stole into his monastery.
The king, overcome by this miracle, became a sincere
penitent and the disciple of the Saint till his
death. In 1230, Gregory IX. summoned Raymund to
Rome, made him his confessor and grand penitentiary,
and directed him to compile "The Decretals," a
collection of the scattered decisions of the Popes
Having refused the archbishopric of Tarragona,
Raymund found himself in 1238 chosen third General
of his Order; which post he again succeeded in
resigning, on the score of his advanced age. His
first act when set free was to resume his labors
among the infidels, and in 1256 Raymund, then
eighty-one, was able to report that ten thousand
Saracens had received Baptism. He died A. D. 1275.
Saint for the Day - St. Raymund of Pennafort
Read about the Saint for today - January 23 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
Ask St. Raymund to protect you
from that fearful servitude,
worse than any bodily slavery,
which even one sinful habit
tends to form.
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