Saint for the Day - November 14 - St. Laurence
St. Laurence, it
appears, was born about the year 1125. When only ten
years old, his father delivered him up as a hostage
to Dermod Mac Murchad, King of Leinster, who treated
the child with great inhumanity, until his father
obliged the tyrant to put him in the hands of the
Bishop of Glendalough, in the county of Wicklow. The
holy youth, by his fidelity in corresponding with
the divine grace, grew to be a model of virtues. On
the death of the bishop, who was also abbot of the
monastery, St. Laurence was chosen abbot in 1150,
though but twenty-five years old, and governed his
numerous community with wonderful virtue and
prudence. In 1161 St. Laurence was unanimously
chosen to fill the new metropolitan See of Dublin.
About the year 1171 he was obliged, for the affairs
of his diocese, to go over to England to see the
king, Henry II., who was then at Canterbury. The
Saint was received by the Benedictine monks of
Christ Church with the greatest honor and respect.
On the following day, as the holy archbishop was
advancing to the altar to officiate, a maniac, who
had heard much of his sanctity, and who was led on
by the idea of making so holy a man another St.
Thomas, struck him a violent blow on the head.
All present concluded that he was mortally wounded;
but the Saint coming to himself, asked for some
water, blessed it, and having his wound washed with
it, the blood was immediately stanched, and the
archbishop celebrated Mass. In 1175 Henry II. of
England became offended with Roderic, the monarch of
Ireland, and St. Laurence undertook another journey
to England to negotiate a reconciliation between
them. Henry was so moved by his piety, charity, and
prudence that he granted him everything he asked,
and left the whole negotiation to his discretion.
Our Saint ended his journey here below on the 14th
of November, 1180, and was buried in the church of
the abbey at Eu, on the confines of Normandy.
Saint for the Day - St. Laurence O'Toole
Read about the Saint for today - November
14 and spare a thought for family or friends who
might suffering from ill health or are experiencing
times of trouble.
If God be in your heart, He will
be also on your lips; for Christ
has said, "From the abundance of
the heart the mouth speaketh."
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Saint for the Day - November 14
- St. Laurence O'Toole