Today, August 10th, we celebrate the Feast Day of...
Who: St. Lawrence, Deacon and Martyr
What: He was one of the deacons of Rome, under Pope Sixtus II who was martyred in the persecution of the Roman Emperor Valerian in 258.
When: (225-258) canonized Pre Congregation
Where: Spain, Italy
☕We know very little about his life. But we know his martyrdom was of great importance in the Early Church because his feast day spread rapidly.
☕Legend tells that as a deacon in Rome, St Lawrence was responsible for the material goods of the Church and the distribution of alms to the poor. When the treasures of the Church were demanded to be turned over by the Prefect of Rome, St. Lawrence brought forward the poor, blind, and disabled to whom he had distributed the treasure as alms. The Prefect was so angry that he had a great gridiron prepared with hot coals beneath it, and had Lawrence placed on it. After St. Lawrence was tortured for quite a long time, he cheerfully declared: "I'm well done on this side. Turn me over!"
☕He is a Patron Saint of comedians, librarians, students, miners, tanners, chefs, roasters, poor, firefighters.
“Behold in these poor persons the treasures which I promised to show you; to which I will add pearls and precious stones, those widows and consecrated virgins, which are the Church's crown."