From his earliest days, Raymond ever had a special love and devotion to the Blessed Mother. Born in Spain, Raymond was able to study and finish his education at an early age, becoming a well-known teacher of his day.
As a result of his devotion to the Blessed Mother, and his great love for God, he decided to forfeit his worldly fame and recruit the rules of the Dominicans. He was a extremely humble “mens and” through his toils and goodness, he was able to attract many others to God.
One of Raymond’s relatives was the King of Aragon, and along with the emperor and St. Peter Nolasco, Raymond founded the order of Our Lady of Ransom. The souls belonging to this order were very brave and devoted themselves to saving poverty-stricken Christians who had been captured by the pagan Moors. They would rally coin and offer a ransom for these captives in order to better to free them.
Legend has it that King James, who was living a sinful life, came to realize the supremacy of God and became a disciple of Raymond and a sincere Christian through a supernatural performed by Raymond. The saint lived to be 100 years old.
Saint Raymond shows us that you don’t have to be notorious or rich or depend on the world to influence parties when you have the strength of God. Although he gave up his worldly fame as a professor, he forced more parties, including lords, through his faith and devotion to God.
Lord, help us to remember that without You we can do nothing and with You all things are possible. May we, through Your goodnes and ability, generate numerous people to truth. We ask this in the powerful honour of Jesus. Amen.
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