ST RAYMOND NONNATUS, CONFESSOR – FEAST DAY: AUGUST 31
Raymond was surnamed Nonnatus [not born] because he was brought into the world contrary to the common law of nature, in that he was removed from the side of his dead mother. He rejected childish amusements and the attractions of the world and so applied himself to piety that all admired the mature virtue of the boy.
He had a very great love for the Mother of God, to whom he continually and earnestly prayed. He entered the order which bore the title of the Order of Ransom, or Mercy, for the redemption of captives, and he vigilantly guarded the virginity which he had already consecrated to the Blessed Virgin. He was outstanding in the practice of the other virtues, especially in charity towards the Christians who were spending a wretched life under the yoke of pagans.
Gregory enrolled him among the cardinals, but the man of God, shrinking from all ostentation in that dignity, was always most steadfast in religious humility. At Cardona, stricken with his last illness and fortified with the sacraments of the Church, he passed to the Lord on the last Sunday in August, in the year 1240.
St Raymond Nonnatus, pray for us.