St. Raymund Nonnatus — Confessor August 31

St. Raymund was a member of the Order of Our Lady of Mercy. He was sent to Africa to ransom Christians and gave himself as a hostage to deliver those who were in danger of losing their faith because they had fallen into the hands of the Mohammedans.

The Lord loved him and adorned him. He clothed him with a robe of glory. — Gradual

The Imitation of Christ
He that loveth must willingly embrace all that is hard and bitter for the sake of the beloved, and never suffer himself to be turned away from Him by any contrary circumstances whatsoever.
Ideal
The Mohammedans closed the mouth of St. Raymund with a padlock which cruelly pierced his lips. He was then thrown into a narrow cell.
Today
It might be much better for us at times to have our mouths padlocked than to be allowed to speak. Watch your speech today that nothing contrary to truth or charity escape you.
Slogan
Mend thy speech.