Monday, 23 January 2017

Saint Raymund Of Pennafort. Confessor. Feast Day, Today, 23 January.


Text from The Saint Andrew Daily Missal,
unless otherwise stated.

Saint Raymund of Pennafort.
Confessor.
Feast Day 23 January.

Semi-Double.

White Vestments.



Saint Raymund of Pennafort.
Master-General of The Dominican Order (1238–1240).
Artist: Tommaso da Modena (1326–1379).
Date: 1352.
Current location: Church of San Nicolò, Treviso, Italy.
Source/Photographer: Il Capitolo dei Domenicani
(Wikimedia Commons)

Saint Raymund was born in 1175 of the noble Spanish family of Pennafort. Christ, by His teaching and Miracles, showed Himself to be the Son of God. The Church shows us, today, how, by the knowledge and Miracles of Saint Raymund, and thanks to her Saints, she also has a part in The Divinity of The Word.

Having given up everything to enter The Order of Saint Dominic, of which he is one of the glories, Saint Raymund "meditated on The Law of God" (Introit) and wrote the "Summa of cases of conscience", a summary of Christian morals which is much esteemed. Wherefore, The Church awarded him the title of "eminent Minister of The Sacrament of Penance" (Collect).

The Collect alludes to the Miracle by which, having spread out his cloak on the waters, Saint Raymund, in six hours, crossed the fifty-three Leagues of sea which separate the island of Majorca from Barcelona.


He persuaded Saint Peter Nolasco to sacrifice his fortune for the ransoming of Christians detained as captives in The Barbary States, and, with that end in view, obtained The Institution of The Order of Our Lady of Ransom.

Saint Raymund, unwilling to be surprised by the sudden arrival of The Lord (Gospel), employed the last thirty-five years of his life in a very special manner in preparing himself for death. The Saint gave up his Soul to God in 1275 at the age of ninety-nine.

Through the intercession of Saint Raymund, who was the eminent Minister of The Sacrament of Penance, and who miraculously crossed the sea, may we obtain to produce worthy fruits of Penance and to reach the haven of Eternal Salvation (Collect).

Mass: Os justi.
Commemoration: Of Saint Emerentiana. Virgin and Martyr.


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