Friday, July 21, 2006
St. Lawrence of Brindisi, a Man for His Time
Today is the feast of St. Lawrence of Brindisi born in 1559 in Lisbon, Portugal. During his life time St. Lawrence preached to and baptized numerous Jews, led a victorious army as the Imperial Chaplain against 80,000 muslims bearing only a crucifix, established convents in Vienna, Prague and Graz, inspite of opposition from heretics and converted many heretics especially in Germany. St. Lawrence is a doctor of the Franciscan order. The author of sermons and several treatises against Luther.
I'm glad that St. Lawrence didn't live now because he would have nothing to do. Islam is the religion of peace, war is always wrong, the Jews are our elder brothers in the Faith and not in need of conversion and correcting and condemning heretics is now rash judgment. Amazing how things change in just a few hundred years.