August 31 – Saint Raymond Nonnatus, Patron Saint of Children

class="alignrightSaint Raymond Nonnatus,  Patron Saint of Children (Feast Date: August 31)

Extract from Raymond Nonnatus: “Raymond was born at Portella, Catalonia, Spain. He was delivered by caesarean operation when his mother died in childbirth. Hence his name non natus (not born). He joined the Mercedarians under St. Peter Nolasco at Barcelona. He succeeded Peter as chief ransomer and went to Algeria to ransom slaves. He remained as hostage for several slaves when his money ran out and was sentenced to be impaled when the governor learned that he had converted several Mohammedans. He escaped the death sentence because of the ransom he would bring, but was forced to run the gauntlet. He was then tortured for continuing his evangelizing activities but was ransomed eight months later by Peter Nolasco. On his return to Barcelona in 1239, he was appointed Cardinal by Pope Gregory IX, but died at Cardona a short distance from Barcelona the next year while on the way to Rome. He was canonized in 1657. He is the patron saint of expectant mothers and midwives because of the nature of his own birth. Although his mother died in labor, Raymond miraculously survived the ordeal.

***** 

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

Trafficking of children in India after the Floods (March 2009) (Asia) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: March 30 – April 12, 2009.

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.

__________________________________________________________________________________________________

Patron Saints Home

Instructions for Praying World Mission Rosary:

English, Spanish, Italian

World Mission Rosary Archive

Sign up to receive via e-mail our WMR intentions, newsletter and updates

__________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

 

 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s