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ABOUT ST RAYMOND OF PENYAFORT

06 Sep

ST RAYMOND OF PENYAFORT, PRIEST; MEMORIAL: JANUARY 7th

Born at Penyafort, near Barcelona, about 1175, St Raymond was ordained, and became a professor of philosophy and law. He entered the Dominican Order in 1222, shortly after the death of St Dominic. He became Master General of the Order. He was a master of moral theology and of canon law; at Gregory IX’s request, he edited the Book of Decretals. His ‘Summary of Cases’ gave rules for the administration of the sacrament of penance. He was active on behalf of prisoners, particularly those Christians who were taken captive by Invaders. He died on January 6, 1275, almost a hundred years old.

PRAYER:

Lord,
you gave Saint Raymond
the gift of compassion
in his ministry to sinners.
May his prayers free us
from the slavery of sin
and help us
to love and serve you
in liberty.
Amen.

 
 

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