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Saint Lawrence
Monday, 10 August 2020

The esteem in which the Church holds Lawrence is seen in the fact that today’s celebration ranks as a feast. We know very little about his life. He is one of those whose martyrdom made a deep and lasting impression on the early Church. Celebration of his feast day spread rapidly.

He was a Roman deacon under Pope Saint Sixtus II. Four days after this pope was put to death, Lawrence and four clerics suffered martyrdom, probably during the persecution of the Emperor Valerian. A well-known legend has persisted from earliest times.

A prefect in Rome told Lawrence to bring the treasures of the church for the emperor. Lawrence replied that the Church was indeed rich. “I will show you a valuable part. But give me time to make an inventory.”

After three days he gathered a great number of blind, lame, maimed, leprous, orphaned, and widowed persons and told the prefect “These are the treasure of the Church.” The prefect was so angry and killed Lawrence on a gridiron prepared with coals beneath it and had Lawrence’s body placed on it.

After the martyr had suffered the pain for a long time, the legend concludes, he made his famous cheerful remark, “It is well done. Turn me over!”

Sunday Gospel reflection with Father William Grimm
18 September 2020

Just as the parables of Jesus show the love of God in stories about lost coins, vineyards and generous landowners, the followers of Jesus must make the events of everyday life point to God\'s loving presence among us.

Today's Mass
Mass on Demand – Monday 10 August 2020
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