Mass Readings: 1 John 4:7-10/Mark 6:34-44

Lawyer, Advocate, Saint

Today’s the feast of one of the patron saints of lawyers: Dominican Father Raymond of Penyafort (1175-1275). His codification of Church laws was so well done that it was used from the 13th century to the 20th. And his life was one of a continual loving advocacy for justice and freedom for all.

Among his accomplishments, he worked to set sinners free though a book on how best to administer the sacrament of penance; set up an organization to liberate Christians held captive by the Moors; pioneered learning Arabic and Hebrew to promote an equal exchange of ideas by all; and insisted on freedom of speech in public debates. Raymond was an advocate filled with the call for freedom of the Advocate, the Holy Spirit.

Prayer: Advocate, Holy Spirit, fill lawyers, judges, and juries with Your call for justice and freedom.