Why should we defend ourselves when we are misunderstood and misjudged? Let us leave that aside. Let us not say anything. It is so sweet to let others judge us in any way they like. O blessed silence, which gives so much peace to the soul! ~ St. Therese of Lisieux
Matthew 5:16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Matthew 5:43-44 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Matthew 7:7,8 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
Matthew 7:12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
Matthew 19:14 But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.
Matthew 22:37-40 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
Mark 8:34-37 And when he had called the people unto him with his disciples also, he said unto them, Whosoever will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel’s, the same shall save it. For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
Mark 10:45 For even the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
Luke 5:31, 32 And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick. I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
John 4:13, 14 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.
John 10:10, 11 The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
John 10:27-30 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. I and my Father are one.
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
St. Lawrence is one of those saints that we know very little about, other than the fact that he was an early martyr with an interesting twist to the story of his martyrdom.
The story goes that St. Lawrence was one of the Seven deacons of Rome under Pope St. Sixtus II who was executed a few days before St. Lawrence himself. Saint Lawrence was responsible for destributing alms to the poor and for keeping the church materials in order. When St. Lawrence knew that he was close to being arrested (after the Pope was arrested) it is said that St. Lawrence hurried to sell what he could of the churches valuables and distributed them to the poor and suffering before it could be seized.
When Lawrence was approached by a prefect of Rome and told to gather the church’s treasures for confiscation, Lawrence gathered together all of the poor, ailing and suffering parishioners and presented them to the prefect as the “church’s treasures“. Not amused, the prefect had Lawrence arrested and had a special gridiron prepared to kill the deacon slowly by roasting. It’s said that after suffering greatly on the gridiron, that St. Lawrence called out in what would be his last words, “It is well done! Turn me over.”
The twist in the legend is that St. Lawrence is the saint believed to have saved the Holy Grail from being distroyed by the invading forces. The Holy Grail is the cup from which Jesus and the Apostles drank. When Lawrence was ordered to gather the treasures of the church, he was able to send the chalis to his family to hold for the church. Today the Holy Grail is housed in a cathedral in Spain. St. Lawrence is credited with the protection of one of our most sacred holy relics.
Maryshop.com has St. Lawrence medals and rosaries to remind you of the unfailing courage of this faithful servant of the Lord. St. Lawrences Feast Day is Aug 10th.