The 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)