As we begin this day, we hold up our country in heartfelt prayer. The chaos and lawlessness taking place at the Capitol building is upsetting to see. May law and order prevail in our country. May everyone be kept safe from all harm and cooler heads abound. Please pray for our country. Speaking of law and order, the saint we remember today, Saint Raymond of Penyafort, studied law. Saint Raymond used his legal skills to organize all the church laws in the 1200’s. Prior to the 13th century, this was never done before. The system he designed was so logical that it was used for many years. If you are trying to be a better organizer, or are beginning the year by organizing a closet or a pantry, here is a wonderful saint to ask for prayers.
Saint Raymond was a Dominican Priest. He had great compassion for the poor and was an effective preacher. Eventually he was called to Rome to be the Pope’s spiritual director. As spiritual director, as he organized church law he was able to get the Pope to have greater compassion for the poor. Sounds like he effectively balanced both jobs and was successful! Saint Raymond was also made a bishop and eventually he was elected to be the leader of the Dominican Order. He retired at the age of 65, and spent the rest of his priestly ministry preaching and hearing confession. Saint Raymond went home to God at the age of 100. Saint Raymond earned a lot of acclaim for his leadership and brilliance, but he is remembered most of all for his gentle and humble heart. Because of that gentle and humble heart, you could say he was the original “Sugar Ray.” God bless and stay safe!
Fr. Steve Breck
Pastor, St. Mary Magdalene