St. Raymund Nonnatus


Feast Day - August 31

Raymund was called “Nonnatus” because he was brought into life from the side of his dead mother contrary to the common law of nature. He scorned childish games and the temptations of the world and gave himself to works of devotion so that all admired the boy as having the virtues of a mature man.

He loved the Mother of God above all and constantly prayed to Her. He entered the religious Order called that of Ransom or of Mercy, for the ransom of captives. He perpetually kept his virginity, which he had already consecrated to the Blessed Virgin, and shone with the other virtues, especially with charity toward the Christians who were living wretched lives under the power of pagans. Gregory IX enrolled him among the Cardinals; but the man of God even in that high state shrank from all pomp and always held most firmly to the humility proper to a religious.

At Cardona, worn out by his last illness and fortified by the sacraments of the Church, he went to the Lord on the last Sunday of August in the year 1240.

Taken from The Hours of the Divine Office in English and Latin, Vol. III: August to Advent (Collegeville, Minnesota: Liturgical Press, 1963), pp. 1488-1489.