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
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.