Aug.10, 2017 (Feast of St. Lawrence)

The high regard that the Church has for this 3rd century saint can be seen by the fact that he has a full-blown Feast Day. He died around AD 258 in Rome where he was a deacon. We don’t know a lot of explicit confirmed information about him. One story says that he was told by the Roman official to collect the wealth of the Church to turn over to the state. He sold all the precious vessels and other things and gave the proceeds to the poor. Then, he gathered the lame, the poor, invalids, etc., and presented them to the Roman official as the “wealth of the Church.” He died a horrible death burnt on a grid iron. The wealth of the Church is in its people not the art work and other things that adorn our churches.

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