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ST RAYMOND NONNATUS – THE SAINT WHO WAS CALLED “NOT BORN”

ST RAYMOND NONNATUS – THE SAINT WHO WAS CALLED “NOT BORN”

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.

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ST RAYMOND OF PENNAFORT, FEAST DAY: JANUARY 23

Of noble family

Raymond was born at Barcelona of the noble family of Pennaford. He was diligent in prayer and the study of canon and civil law at Bologna, where he received his doctorate and interpreted the sacred canons with distinction.

Diligence in prayer

Bishop Berengarius made him a canon and provost of the church of Barcelona, and Raymond’s virtue, learning, and pleasant disposition made him outstanding.

Devotion to Our Lady

He strove to his utmost to promote devotion to Our Lady. At about forty-five, he became a Dominican. On his advice, his penitent, St Peter Nolasco, founded with James I of Aragon the order of Our Lady of Mercy, for the Ransom of Captives, for which Raymond wrote a very suitable rule.

Life and work as a Dominican

By order of Gregory IX, he made a one-volume collection of the Papal decrees called the Decretals. He firmly refused the Archbishopric of Tarragon a and for two years administered his post as Master General of the Dominicans with great holiness.

Master General of the Dominicans

After resigning, he died in 1275 when almost one hundred years old. Clement VIII placed him among the saints.

– From: The approved translation of the Roman Breviary, Burns & Oates, London 1964

 

 

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