August 10 – Saint Lawrence: Patron Saint against Fire

class="alignrightSaint Lawrence, Patron Saint against Fire (Feast Date: August 10)

Extract from St. Lawrence: “As deacon in Rome, Lawrence was charged with the responsibility for the material goods of the Church, and the distribution of alms to the poor. When Lawrence knew he would be arrested by the prefect and killed like the pope, he sought out the poor, widows and orphans of Rome and gave them all the money he had on hand, selling even the sacred vessels to increase the sum. Lawrence said to the prefect who wanted the wealth of the Church that it was indeed rich. ‘I will show you a valuable part. But give me time to set everything in order and make an inventory.’ After three days he gathered a great number of blind, lame, maimed, leprous, orphaned and widowed persons and put them in rows. When the prefect arrived, Lawrence simply said, ‘These are the treasure of the Church.’ The prefect was so angry he told Lawrence that he would indeed have his wish to die—but it would be by inches. He had a great gridiron prepared, with coals beneath it, and had Lawrence’s body placed on it. After the martyr had suffered the pain for a long time, the legend concludes, he made his famous cheerful remark, ‘It is well done. Turn me over!’”  See pictures of St. Lawrence. See  also: ST LAWRENCE.(En), Lawrence of Rome (multi-lingual), San Lorenzo, San Lorenzo Diacono e martire (It), Święty Wawrzyniec, diakon i męczennik (Po), VideoSt. Lawrence of Rome (Aug. 10).

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We, at the CTF/SOS DRS have prayed for the intercession of St. Lawrence on behalf of those affected by the following catastrophes:

Wildfires in European Russia  (Summer, 2010) (Europe) See World Mission Rosary Intentions – August 16 – August 29, 2010.

That the Lord in His Divine Mercy – through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary – may build up His Kingdom,make these mysteries a reality in our lives, strengthen us in our common mission, and come to the aid of those for whom we pray.

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