From his earliest days, Raymond always 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 enroll the rules of the Dominicans. He was a awfully humble “mens and” through his acts 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 ruler and St. Peter Nolasco, Raymond founded the order of Our Lady of Ransom. The males belonging to this order were very brave and devoted themselves to saving good Christians who had been captured by the pagan Moors. They would rally money and compensate a ransom for these captives in order to be allowed to to free them.
Legend has it that King James, who was living a sinful living, came to realize the capability 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 beings when you have the superpower of God. Although he gave up his worldly fame as a teacher, he affected more beings, including kings, through his religion 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 blessing and capability, raise many spirits to truth. We query this in the powerful specify of Jesus. Amen.
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