St. Raymund of Pennafort

Raymund of Pennafort
Born A.D. 1175, of a Spanish noble family, Raymund, at the age of twenty, taught philosophy at Barcelona with marvellous success. Ten years later, his rare abilities won for him the degree of Doctor in the University of Bologna, and many high dignities.

A tender devotion to our Blessed Lady, which had grown up with him from childhood, determined him in middle life to renounce all his honors and to enter her Order of St. Dominic.

King James of Aragon, a man of great qualities, but held in bond by a ruling passion, was bidden by the saint to put away the cause of his sin. On his delay, Raymund asked for leave to depart from Majorca, since he could not live with sin. The king refused, and forbade, under pain of death, his conveyance by others. Full of faith, Raymund spread his cloak upon the waters, and tying one end to his staff as a sail, made the sign of the Cross and fearlessly stepped upon it. In six hours he was borne to Barcelona, where, gathering up his cloak dry, he stole into his monastery. The king, overcome by this miracle, became a sincere penitent and the disciple of the Saint till his death.

In 1230, Gregory IX. summoned Raymund to Rome, and made him his confessor and grand penitentiary, and directed him to compile “the Decretals,” a collection of the scattered decisions of the Popes and Councils.

He died A.D. 1275.

Reflection. — Ask St. Raymund to protect you from that fearful servitude, worse than any bodily slavery, which even one sinful habit tends to form.

Illustration and text from Pictorial Lives of the Saints With Reflections for Every Day in the Year (New York: Benziger Bros., 1922).

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