Saint Lawrence was one of seven
deacons who were in charge of giving help to the poor and the needy. When a persecution broke out,
Pope St. Sixtus was condemned to death. As he was led to execution, Lawrence followed him weeping,
"Father, where are you going without your deacon?" he said. "I am not leaving you, my son," answered
the Pope. "in three days you will follow me." Full of joy, Lawrence gave to the poor the rest of the
money he had on hand and even sold expensive vessels to have more to give away.
of Rome, a greedy pagan, thought the Church had a great fortune hidden away. So he ordered Lawrence
to bring the Church´s treasure to him. The Saint said he would, in three days. Then he went through
the city and gathered together all the poor and sick people supported by the Church. When he showed
them to the Prefect, he said: "This is the Church´s treasure!"
In great anger, the Prefect
condemned Lawrence to a slow, cruel death. The Saint was tied on top of an iron grill over a slow
fire that roasted his flesh little by little, but Lawrence was burning with so much love of God that
he almost did not feel the flames. In fact, God gave him so much strength and joy that he even
joked. "Turn me over," he said to the judge. "I´m done on this side!" And just before he died, he
said, "It´s cooked enough now." Then he prayed that the city of Rome might be converted to Jesus and
that the Catholic Faith might spread all over the world. After that, he went to receive the martyr´s
reward. Saint Lawrence´s feast day is August 10th.
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