St. Raymond Nonnatus

raymond nonnatusThe mother of this heroic Spanish saint, did not live for him to know and love. He asked the Blessed Virgin to take him as her special son. She revealed to him that he should devote himself to the ransoming of captives. He then founded the Order of Our Lady of Mercy for this purpose. He even gave himself up as a hostage to the Mohammedans for their sake. He was made a Cardinal after his rescue, but died shortly after in 1240.

(Source: The New Roman Missal, Rev. F. X. Lasance)

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St. Rose of Lima

st-rose-of-limaSt. Rose the first canonized saint of the New World, was born at Lima in 1586. She received the name of Isabella in Baptism, but one day her mother saw a beautiful rose drooping over the baby’s cradle, and ever afterwards called her Rose. She was an obedient child; her mortifications were most severe. She prayed, worked, and wept for the conversion of sinners; she excelled in her love for holy purity.

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