August 10 – Saint Lawrence

Saint Lawrence

listenPrecious Lord, Saint Lawrence (225-258) protected the Church’s money from the Roman Empire by giving it to the poor.  When the greedy prefect of Rome demanded the Church’s treasures, Saint Lawrence presented to him the poor and the sick, announcing, “This is the Church’s treasure!”  I ask him to pray for me to learn how to use material goods only for Your glory.  Guide me as I share what I’ve stored up so that I make good decisions about where it should go.  Help me to love the needy more than I love money and give me eyes to see all Your people as precious gems in Your crown of glory.  Saint Lawrence, pray for me.  Amen.

Quote for Today

Venerable Fulton Sheen (1895-1979)

quoteSince every increase in quantity among the things we love brings a decrease in the quality of love, there are two ways by which we may hope to keep love pure. One is to give away in proportion as we receive: this habit reminds us that we are merely trustees of God’s riches, not their rightful owners…. The second way of preserving ourselves from an unseemly greed is the heroic way… the way of complete detachment from wealth, as practiced by St. Francis of Assisi and all those who take the vows of poverty.”


The prayer above is from Terry Modica’s book Daily Prayers with the Saints.

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