July/August 2018 - St. Lawrence

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St. Lawrence

Young Roman deacon was roasted alive

Feast: August 10

Lawrence was martyred on August 10, 258, during the persecution of the Emperor Valerian, along with many other members of the Roman clergy. He was the last of the seven deacons of Rome to die. After the pope, Sixtus II, was martyred on August 6, Lawrence became the principal authority of the church in Rome, having been the church’s treasurer. When he was summoned before the executioners he was ordered to bring all the church’s wealth with him. He showed up with a handful of crippled, poor and sick men and declared, “These are the true wealth of the church.” He was immediately sent to his death, being cooked alive on a gridiron. According to legend, after suffering a long time, he cheerfully said, “I’m well done on this side. Turn me over!” He is the patron saint of Rome, cooks, chefs and comedians. 

-Catholic News Agency

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Northwest Catholic - July/August 2018