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Thought for the Day – 7 January – The Memorial of St Raymond of Peñafort (1175-1275) “Father of Canon Law”

Thought for the Day – 7 January – The Memorial of St Raymond of Peñafort (1175-1275) “Father of Canon Law”

As a lawyer, priest and preacher, St Raymond of Penyafort made a significant mark on the history of Spain and the church.   His preaching helped re-Christianise Spain after the Moors were overthrown.   And his compilation of papal and conciliar decrees was the main source of canon law for seven centuries.

An accomplished lawyer and scholar, Raymond joined the Dominicans at Barcelona in 1222.   The 47-year-old novice was assigned to develop a book of case studies for confessors that helped to shape the medieval church’s penitential system.   Also a gifted preacher, Raymond had remarkable success evangelising Moors and Jews.   And he travelled throughout Spain, rejuvenating the spiritual life of Christians, that the Moors had enslaved.   Among his main themes were spiritual combat and standing firm in trials.

He wrote:

“Your purity of life, your devotion, deserve and call for a reward, because you are acceptable and pleasing to God, your purity of life must be made purer still, by frequent buffetings, until you attain perfect sincerity of heart.   If from time to time you feel the sword falling on you with double or treble force, this also should be seen as sheer joy and the mark of love.”

And then, he encouraged and prayed for us all:

“May the God of love and peace,
set your hearts at rest
and speed you on your journey,
may He meanwhile,
shelter you from disturbance by others,
in the hidden recesses of His love,
until He brings you, at last,
into that place of complete plenitude,
where you will repose forever,
in the vision of peace,
in the security of trust
and in the restful enjoyment of His riches.”may the god of love and peace - st raymond of penafort - 7 jan 2019.jpg

St Raymond of Peñafort, Pray for Us!st raymond of penafort pray for us no 2. 7 jan 2019.jpg

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Quote/s of the Day – 7 January – The Memorial of St Raymond of Peñafort (1175-1275) “Father of Canon Law”

Quote/s of the Day – 7 January – The Memorial of St Raymond of Peñafort (1175-1275) “Father of Canon Law”

“Look then on Jesus,
the author and preserver of faith –
in complete sinlessness, He suffered
and at the hands of those who were His own
and was numbered among the wicked.
As you drink the cup of the Lord Jesus
(how glorious it is!),
give thanks to the Lord,
the Giver of all blessings.”look then on jesus the author - st raymond of penafort - 7 jan 2019.jpg

“The preacher of God’s truth,
has told us, that all who want to live righteously,
in Christ, will suffer persecution. . . . “the preacher of god's truths - st raymond - 7 jan 2019.jpg

“May you never be numbered among those,
whose house is peaceful, quiet and free from care;
those on whom the Lord’s chastisement does not descend;
those who live out their days in prosperity
and in the twinkling of an eye will go down to hell!”may you never be numbered - st raymond of penafort 7 jan 2019.jpg

“This is that enviable and blessed cross of Christ . . .
the cross in which alone we must make our boast,
as Paul, God’s chosen instrument, has told us.”this is that enviable - st raymond of penafort.jpg

St Raymond of Peñafort (1175-1275)

“Father of Canon Law”

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One Minute Reflection – 7 January – Monday after Epiphany – Gospel:  Matthew 4:12-17, 23-25

One Minute Reflection – 7 January – Monday after Epiphany – Gospel:  Matthew 4:12-17, 23-25 and the Memorial of St Raymond of Peñafort (1175-1275) “Father of Canon Law”

“…the people who sat in darkness have seen a great light and for those, who sat in the region and shadow of death, light has dawned.”…Matthew 4:16

REFLECTION – “All these things we know to have taken place ever since the three wise men, aroused in their far-off land, were led by a star to recognise and worship the King of heaven and earth.   The responsiveness of that star exhorts us to imitate it’s obedience and, as much as we can, to make ourselves servants of that grace which invites us all to Christ.   For, whoever lives religiously and chastely in the Church and “sets his mind on the things which are above, not on the things that are upon the earth” (Col 3:2) resembles that heavenly light in a certain sense.   So long as he maintains in himself the brightness of a holy life, he points out to many, like a star, the way that leads to God.   All having this concern, dearly-beloved… you will shine in the Kingdom like children of light.”…St Pope Leo the Great (400-461) Father & Doctor of the Churchmatthew 4 16 - the people who sat in darkness - for whoever lives - st pope leo 7 jan 2019

PRAYER – Lord, may the radiance of Your glory, light up our hearts and bring us through the shadows of this world, until we reach our homeland of everlasting light.   Grant we pray, that by the intercession of St Raymond of Peñafort , our way may be smoothed and our troubles eased.   We ask this through Jesus, our Lord, with the Holy Spirit, God forever, amen.st raymond of penafort pray for us 7 jan 2019

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Our Morning Offering – 7 January – Christmas Weekday  Monday after Epiphany

Our Morning Offering – 7 January – Christmas Weekday Monday after Epiphany

O my God, all is Good if it comes from You
By Blessed John Henry Newman (1801-1890)

O my God,
I will put myself without reserve,
into Your hands.
Wealth or woe, joy or sorrow,
friends or bereavement,
honour or humiliation,
good report or ill report,
comfort or discomfort,
Your presence
or the hiding of Your countenance,
all is good if it comes from You,
You are wisdom and You are love –
what can I desire more?
You have led me in Your counsel
and with glory You have received me
What have I in heaven
and apart from You,
what want I upon earth?
My flesh and my heart fail
but God is the God of my heart
and my portion forever.
Ameno-my-god-all-is-good-if-it-comes-from-you-bl-john-henry-newman-no-3-25-sept-2018

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Memorials of the Saints -7 January

St Raymond of Peñafort OP (1175-1275) (“Father of Canon Law”) (Optional Memorial)

St Aldric of Le Mans
Bl Ambrose Fernandez
St Anastasius of Sens
St Brannock of Braunton
St Candida of Greece
St Canute Lavard
St Cedd
St Clerus of Antioch
St Crispin I of Pavia
St Cronan Beg
St Emilian of Saujon
St Felix of Heraclea
Bl Franciscus Bae Gwan-gyeom
St Januarius of Heraclea
St Julian of Cagliari
St Kentigerna
St Lucian of Antioch
Bl Marie-Thérèse Haze
St Pallada of Greece
St Polyeuctus of Melitene
St Reinhold of Cologne
St Spolicostus of Greece
St Theodore of Egypt
St Tillo of Solignac
St Valentine of Passau
St Virginia of Ste-Verge
Bl Wittikund of Westphalia

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Saint of the Day – St Raymond of Peñafort OP (1175-1275) “Father of Canon Law”

Saint of the Day – St Raymond of Peñafort OP (1175-1275) “Father of Canon Law” Dominican Priest, Doctor of Canon Law, Founder of the Mercedarian friars, the third Master of the Order of Preachers, Writer, Teacher, Miracle-Worker – born on 1175 at Peñafort, Catalonia, Spain and died on 6 January 1275 at Barcelona, Spain of natural causes. Patronages – attornies, barristers, lawyers, canonists, medical record librarians, Barcelona, Spain, Navarre, Spain.

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Saint Raymond of Peñafort’s Miracle by Jacopo Ligozzi 

Raymond was born of a noble Spanish family, at the age of twenty, taught philosophy at Barcelona with marvellous success.   Ten years later his rare abilities won for him the degree of Doctor in the University of Bologna and many high dignities.

A tender devotion to our blessed Lady, which had grown up with him from childhood, determined him in middle life to renounce all his honours and to enter her Order of St. Dominic.   There, again, a vision of the Mother of Mercy instructed him to co-operate with his penitent St Peter Nolasco (1189-1256) and with James, King of Aragon, in founding the Order of Our Lady of Ransom for the Redemption of Captives (the Mercedarian friars).  He began this great work by preaching a crusade against the Moors and rousing to penance the Christians, enslaved in both soul and body by the infidel.   King James of Aragon, a man of great qualities but held in bond by a ruling passion, was bidden by the Saint to put away the cause of his sin.  saint_raymond

On his delay, Raymond asked for leave to depart from Majorca, since he could not live with sin.   The king refused and forbade, under pain of death, his conveyance by others.  Full of faith, Raymond spread his cloak upon the waters and, tying one end to his staff as a sail, made the sign of the cross and fearlessly stepped upon it.   In six hours he was borne to Barcelona, where, gathering up his cloak dry, he stole into his monastery.   The king, overcome by this miracle, became a sincere penitent and the disciple of the Saint till his death.french-school-(17)-le-miracle-de-saint-raymond-de-penyafort-(1175-1275)

In 1230, Gregory IX. summoned Raymond to Rome, made him his confessor and grand penitentiary and directed him to compile “The Decretals,” a collection of the scattered decisions of the Popes and Councils.  st raymond penafort - canonist.jpg

Having refused the archbishopric of Tarragona, Raymond found himself in 1238 chosen third General of his Order  which post he again succeeded in resigning, on the score of his advanced age.  Rejoicing to see himself again free of office, he applied himself with fresh vigour to the Christian ministry, especially working for the conversion of the Moors.   To this end he encouraged Thomas Aquinas to write his work Against the Gentiles.   He instituted the teaching of Arabic and Hebrew in several houses of the friars.   He also founded priories in Murcia (then still ruled by Arabs) and in Tunis.   Additionally he went to help establish the Church in the recently conquered island of Mallorca.   In 1256 Raymond, then eighty-one, was able to report that ten thousand Saracens had received Baptism.  st-raymond-011,-louth-1318847641.jpg

Raymond died at the age of 100 in Barcelona in 1275 and was Canonised by Pope Clement VIII in 1601.   He was buried in the Cathedral of Santa Eulalia in Barcelona.cathedral_of_the_holy_cross_and_saint_eulaliashrine 735px-barcelona_cathedral_interior_-_capella_de_sant_ramon_de_penyafortst raymondf penafort statue

Here is one of my first posts on the saints but it has a lot more detail of his life – St Raymond:  https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/01/07/saint-of-the-day-7-january/