1/7/2021 – St. Raymond of Penefort
St Raymond of Penafort lived to be 100 year old.
There were many phases to his apostolic work.
He was a canonist, author, profession, preacher, Superior General, chaplain to royalty, founder of a society to pray for and ransom Christians enslaved by Moslems, formator of other priests/preachers. But one thread bound the twist and turns of his vocation….his love of the Blessed Virgin and her rosary.
It was this love which he was gifted in childhood, that inspired him to give up the noble privileges of his lineage and become a priest.
It was Our Lady that led him from advancing in the ecclesial world to become a Dominican friar. It was his love of Our Lady that led him to criss cross Europe mostly on foot, to spend time in all the Dominican houses to encourage them to take up the spiritual weapon of the rosary and strive for holiness.
And finally after he retired, he continued to form hundred of young Dominicans in the vocation of preaching, urging them to use the weapon, Our Lady gave the Dominicans.…the holy rosary.
P.S. I have set up a Whatsapp Group for Men in Ireland in relation to Exodus90 which begins on January 17th. I strongly encourage you men to give this a shot. What blessings will come upon you, your family, your community and our country. The link to the Whatsapp Group is https://chat.whatsapp.com/F1oQmX1o5WaEuyqdcYqzor
Please spread the word to other men