in Brindisi in Italy and christened Julius Caesar, the future saint’s
father was Guglielmo Rossi, and his mother Elisabetta Massella, both
His parents entrusted the boy’s education
to the Conventuals of Brindisi where he showed early signs of a
shimmering intelligence and a gift for oratory.
When twelve, his
father died, and he pursued his studies in Venice with the Clerics of
St. Mark, under the supervision of an uncle. In 1575 he was received
into the Capuchin Order and was given the name of Lorenzo. Once
professed, Brother Lorenzo studied philosophy and theology at the
University of Padua.
Lawrence had a prodigious memory, and
mastered most of the European languages and Semitic tongues. It is also
said that he knew the entire original text of the Bible, a feat deemed
miraculous. He is also renowned for his complete refutation of the
doctrines of Martin Luther, as well as his work in defense of the
Immaculate Conception of Mary of whom he was an ardent devotee, and in
whose name he worked all his miracles.
In his lifetime he filled all the posts of his order. As a great
preacher, he was invited to preach all over Europe. Always seeking to
move hearts, he adapted his preaching to his audience with enormous
success. The sermons he left fill no less than eight volumes. Because of
his knowledge of Hebrew, Pope Clement VIII assigned him to the
instructions of the Jews, and due to his knowledge of the language, and
powerful reasoning combined with his great kindliness, brought many into
He founded houses in Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia, despite
many obstacles placed by heretics. As the fame of his sanctity preceded
him wherever he went, people flocked to hear his sermons.
1601 Lawrence served as chaplain for the army of Rudolph II, the Holy
Roman Emperor. In this capacity he was present at the battle of
Albe-Royal against the Ottoman Turk’s force of 80,000, while the
Christian army had 18,000. Prior to the battle, hesitating at these
odds, the leaders sought the holy chaplain’s advice. The saint took full
responsibility for the outcome, and in a glowing speech communicated to
them his own confidence. Aged and enfeebled, he mounted a horse, and,
crucifix in hand, led the charge. The Turks were defeated, but
regrouping, attacked again a few days later. Again the chaplain led the
attack to complete victory.
Lawrence died in a mission in Lisbon on July 22, 1619, as he had predicted.
Jesus purified Magdalen and pardoned the triple denial of Peter. He opened heaven to the good thief. In truth, I assure you, if Judas had gone to Him after the crime, Our Lord would have received him with mercy. How, then, would He not pardon you as well?
The Book of Confidence—Fr. Thomas de Saint-Laurent
Apollinaris was possibly born in Antioch, in the Roman province of Syria.
Consecrated bishop of Ravenna by St. Peter himself, he won many
converts by his preaching, and the numerous miracles he wrought
attracted the attention of the officials.
Furious with his success, the idolaters beat him cruelly and drove
him from the city. The Christians found him half-dead on the seashore,
and cared for and concealed him for a time. However, recaptured by the
authorities, he was forced to walk on burning coals and then exiled from
the city again.
Remaining in the vicinity, Apollinaris continued his work, journeying to the Roman province of Emilia.
Returning a third time to Ravenna, he was captured yet again and
hacked with knives. Scalding water was poured on his wounds. He was
beaten on the mouth with stones because of his persistence in preaching,
flung into a dismal dungeon and left to starve. There, he continued
performing miracles, teaching and preaching, silencing the oracles that
dared to debate with him.
Imprisoned for three years, he was finally returned to Ravenna for a
fourth time, and was martyred under the persecution unleashed by Emperor
Vespasian. He died prophesizing that the persecutions would increase
but that the Church would ultimately triumph.
I shall spare myself neither care nor labor nor vigils for the salvation of souls. My hope is in Christ, who strengthens the weakest by His divine help; I can do all in Him who strengthened me! His power is infinite, and if I lean on Him it will be mine; His wisdom is infinite, and if I look to Him for counsel I shall not be deceived; His goodness is infinite, and if my trust is stayed on Him I shall not be abandoned. Hope unites me to my God and Him to me. Although I know I am not sufficient for the burden, my strength is in Him. For the salvation of others I must bear weariness, face dangers, suffer offenses, confront storms, fight against evil. He is my Hope.
was born in Caesaerea, Capadoccia, her parents being Basil the Elder
and Emmelia. Her grandmother was St. Macrina the Elder and her three
brothers were eminent figures in the Church: Basil the Great, St.
Gregory of Nyssa and Peter of Sebaste.
Macrina’s parents arranged a marriage for her but her fiancé having died before the wedding, the bride turned to religion.
known as a holy woman and instructor of young women, she is honored as
one of the most prominent nuns in the Eastern Church. Her ascetic way of
life had a profound influence on her brothers. She purposely gave up
classical education in favor of the study of Scriptures and sacred
writings. Her brother, Gregory of Nyssa wrote a life entitled, Life of
Macrina, in which he describes the holiness of her life.
With the help of her younger brother, Peter, she turned her family estate at Pontus into a convent, where she died in 379.
O precious Blood of Jesus, infinite price paid for the redemption of
sinful mankind. O Divine Blood, drink and laver of our souls, standing
between us and the Father pleading mercy.
With all my heart I adore You, sweet Lord, and offer reparation for
the insults, outrages and ingratitude, which You continuously receive
from human beings, especially those who dare blaspheme the Divine Blood
You shed for us.
Bless this Blood of Infinite value. Bless the fire of Jesus’ Love who
shed it to the last drop for us. Where would I be if not for this
Divine Blood that redeemed me? Indeed, Lord, I have drawn if from You to
the last drop. What love! Thank You for this saving balm!
May every heart, every tongue, now and forever, praise and thank this
priceless balm, this saving Blood, this fountain of crimson Mercy
welling up from the fountain of infinite Love. Amen.
Litany of the Most Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ:
Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy. Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.
Christ, hear us. Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God, the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, One God, have mercy on us.
Blood of Christ, only-begotten Son of the eternal Father, save us.
Blood of Christ, Incarnate Word or God, save us.
Blood of Christ, of the New and Eternal Testament, save us.
Blood of Christ, falling upon the earth in Agony, save us.
Blood of Christ, shed profusely in the Scourging, save us.
Blood of Christ, flowing forth in the Crowning with Thorns, save us.
Blood of Christ, poured out on the Cross, save us.
Blood of Christ, price of our salvation, save us.
Blood of Christ, without which there is no forgiveness, save us.
Blood of Christ, Eucharistic drink and refreshment of souls, save us.
Blood of Christ, stream of mercy, save us.
Blood of Christ, victor over demons, save us.
Blood of Christ, courage of Martyrs, save us.
Blood of Christ, strength of Confessors, save us.
Blood of Christ, bringing forth Virgins, save us.
Blood of Christ, help of those in peril, save us.
Blood of Christ, relief of the burdened, save us.
Blood of Christ, solace in sorrow, save us.
Blood of Christ, hope of the penitent, save us.
Blood of Christ, consolation of the dying, save us.
Blood of Christ, peace and tenderness of hearts, save us.
Blood of Christ, pledge of eternal life, save us.
Blood of Christ, freeing souls from purgatory, save us.
Blood of Christ, most worthy of all glory and honor, save us.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world, have mercy on us, O Lord.
V. You have redeemed us, O Lord, in Your Blood.
R. And made us a kingdom for our God.
Let us Pray:
V. Almighty and eternal
God, You have appointed Your only-begotten Son the Redeemer of the world
and willed to be appeased by his blood. Grant, we beg, that we may
worthily adore this price of our salvation and through its power be
safeguarded from the evils of the present life so that we may rejoice in
its fruits forever in heaven. Through the same Christ our Lord.