Ordinary Time: August 31st
Saturday of the Twenty-First Week of Ordinary Time
Old Calendar: St. Raymund Nonnatus, confessor
According to the 1962 Missal of St. John XXIII the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, today is the feast of St. Raymund Nonnatus who devoted his life to the ransoming of Christians held prisoner by the Mohammedans. He was one of the first members of the Order of Our Lady of Ransom (or Mercedarians) founded by St. Peter Nolasco and St. Raymund of Penafort. Having been sent to Africa he obtained the freedom of many captives; he offered his own person as a pledge for ransom that was not forthcoming in order to preserve from apostasy those whose faith was wavering. When he was set free he was made a Cardinal by Gregory IX and died on his return to Rome in 1240.
St. Raymund Nonnatus
Peter Nolasco, a native of Languedoc, founded in the early thirteenth century a society known as the Mercedarians, devoted to ransoming Christians captured by the Moors.
- Learn a little bit about the history and geographic region of Catalonia, Spain — St. Raymund's birthplace.
- Read the life of St. Raymund from The Lives of the Fathers, Martyrs, and Other Principal Saints.
- If you are expecting a child the blessing before childbirth is a beautiful spiritual preparation.
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