Lesser Known…

Lawrence of Rome (c. 225–258)
Lawrence was one of the early deacons in the Church among the seven under Pope Sixtus II. Widely believed to have been from Spain he was a close friend of Sixtus and about a year into the reign of Pope Sixtus II (257-8) Emperor Valerian issued an edict that all bishops, priests, and deacons should immediately be put to death. Sixtus was captured and killed, then the prefect of Rome ordered Lawrence to release the treasures of the Church to them, according to Ambrose, Lawrence set out to move the church’s wealth around he gave a bunch to the poor and then he gathered a group of the poor, crippled, blind and suffering. Lawrence brought them with him to the prefect and declared that these are the treasures of the church. It is rumored during this spreading the treasures of the Church around he sent the Holy Grail to Spain. As for his martyrdom, that is the best part of his whole story as he was burned on a gridiron, the legend goes on to say that at some point he shouted out “Turn me over, I’m done on this side” or something to that effect. This is why he is the patron saint of chefs and comedians.

International Lefthanders Day
This is observed on August 13 and is meant to promote awareness for the inconvenience that left handed people face living in a right handed world. It also celebrated the uniqueness of being left handed as they are about 7 to 10% of the world population. This event is also used to spread awareness of special needs of left handed individuals as they are far more likely to develop schizophrenia. So if you know someone who is left handed why not go out and buy them a drink.

Domingo Ibáñez de Erquicia (c. 1589 – August 14, 1633)
Father Domingo is an interesting individual as he was a missionary Dominican from Spain who went out to the edge of the world to preach. Domingo went to the Philippines and was a missionary in Pangasinan.eventually became the professor of theology at Colegio de Santo Tomas, the catholic university and oldest one in Asia. It has been visited by four different Popes. In 1623 Domingo set off for Japan and he worked there for a decade offering comfort to the persecuted Christians there, as Japan wasn’t the friendliest place for Christians (Silence). So in 1633 he was captured and refused to renounce his religion. This leads us to a unique event as the beatification of Father Domingo was the first one ever to happen outside of the Vatican, this has become the standard.

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