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Thursday, August 10th. Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to St John 12:24-26.


Saint Lawrence, deacon and martyr – Feast

10 August 2017

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ 

“Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates

his life in this world will preserve it for eternal life.”

Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 12:24-26.

Jesus said to his disciples: “Amen, amen, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit.
Whoever loves his life loses it, and whoever hates his life in this world will preserve it for eternal life.
Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there also will my servant be. The Father will honor whoever serves me.”

 

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Saint Lawrence, deacon and martyr – Feast

10 August 2017

Commentary of the day

Saint Ambrose (c.340-397), Bishop of Milan and Doctor of the Church
On the duties of the clergy I, 84; II, 28; PL 16,84

“If it dies, it produces much fruit”

When Saint Lawrence saw Bishop Sixtus being led to martyrdom, he started to weep. It was not his Bishop’s suffering that drew tears form his eyes but the fact that he was going to martyrdom without him. That was why he began shouting after him in these words: “Father, where are you going without your son? O holy priest, where are you going in such a hurry without your deacon? Yet you have never been accustomed to offer the sacrifice without a minister!… Test it out that you have chosen a good deacon: would you refuse to share the sacrifice of your blood with him to whom you have entrusted the administration of the Lord’s blood, with whom you share the sacraments?”…

      Then Pope Sixtus replied to Lawrence: “I have not forgotten you, my son, nor am I forsaking you. But to you I am leaving even greater combats to undergo. I am old and can only bear a light struggle. But you are young and there remains an even more glorious triumph against the tyrant to be won by you. You will be coming shortly; dry your tears; you will follow me in three days …”

      Three days later, Lawrence was arrested. He was asked to bring out the Church’s wealth and treasures. He promised to do so. The following day he returned with some poor people. He was asked where the treasures were that he had to bring. He showed the poor people, saying: “These are the Church’s treasures. What greater treasures could Christ have than those of whom he said: ‘Whatever you have done to one of these little ones, you have done to me’ (Mt 25,40)?” Lawrence showed forth those treasures and so he was the victor, for the persecutor had no desire to take them from him. But, in his fury, he caused him to be burned alive.

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Saint Lawrence, deacon and martyr – Feast

10 August 2017

Saint of the day

St. Lawrence,

Deacon and Martyr

(† 258)

SAINT LAWRENCE
Deacon and Martyr
(†258)
Feast

       St. Lawrence was the chief among the seven deacons of the Roman Church. In the year 258 Pope Sixtus was led out to die, and St. Lawrence stood by, weeping that he could not share his fate. “I was your minister,” he said, “when you consecrated the blood of our Lord; why do you leave me behind now that you are about to shed your own?” The holy Pope comforted him with the words, “Do not weep, my son; in three days you will follow me.

        This prophecy came true. The prefect of the city knew the rich offerings which the Christians put into the hands of the clergy, and he demanded the treasures of the Roman Church from Lawrence, their guardian. The Saint promised, at the end of three days, to show him riches exceeding all the wealth of the empire, and set about collecting the poor, the infirm, and the religious who lived by the alms of the faithful. He then bade the prefect “see the treasures of the Church“. Christ, whom Lawrence had served in his poor, gave him strength in the conflict which ensued. Roasted over a slow fire, he made sport of his pains. “I am done enough,” he said, “eat, if you will.” At length Christ, the Father of the poor, received him into eternal habitations.

        God showed by the glory which shone around St. Lawrence the value He set upon his love for the poor. Prayers innumerable were granted at his tomb; and he continued from his throne in heaven his charity to those in need, granting them, as St. Augustine says, “the smaller graces which they sought, and leading them to the desire of better gifts“.

Lives of the Saints, by Alban Butler, Benziger Bros. ed. [1894]

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