I’m breaking my personal rule of posting about an upcoming saint’s day that won’t be observed this year because it falls on a Sunday. I plan on discussing and sharing some activities with my son either Saturday or Monday. Last year I briefly told him about St. Lawrence and showed him a depiction of Titian’s The Martyrdom of St. Laurence. It was just a brief, unplanned moment, and I really didn’t think it made much of an impression.
But it did make a lasting impression. It’s been a year, but in our night prayers St. Lawrence is invoked every once in a while, and he’s asked to see the picture (found in our copy of One Hundred Saints, which, by the way, is a wonderful book to have for the saints, and used copies are quite reasonable for these full-color coffee table book) many times. (Here are more examples of St. Lawrence in art Masterpieces.)
So there were some areas I wanted to cover, to continue learning about St. Lawrence. I will continue with the story of his life, including his martyrdom on the gridiron, which is always exciting for boys who love fire.
I will look over my previous musings from 2006 and use them to to focus on Lawrence as one of the first deacons of the Church. I love his quote when he was told to surrender the treasures of the church, he rounded up sick and poor and presented them, saying “Here are the treasures of the Church!”
His role as deacon, ministering to the physical needs of the faithful, is a perfect role model of living the Corporal Works of Mercy
To feed the hungry;
To give drink to the thirsty;
To clothe the naked;
To shelter the homeless;
To visit the sick;
To visit the imprisoned;
To bury the dead.
So I plan on explaining in more detail on how we can follow Jesus’ instructions, and imitating St. Lawrence.
What opportunities will we have to practice these? This month has given us ample opportunities within our extended family to practice some of these works of mercy. We have a new baby cousin coming tomorrow and a loss of another baby cousin in a late miscarriage. We are helping by feeding, visiting, and tending to the needs of these families.
I’m looking for more tangible ways our family can practice these works of mercy. Our parish reinstated Brown Bag Sunday, so I’ll make a concerted effort to have my son help me with that.
For fun, we’re serving waffles for breakfast (just the frozen allergy free kind) and maybe grill for dinner. There are two schools of thought, stay away from all heated foods, or incorporate foods that remind us of grilling or gridiron marks.
This year it seems the “Tears of St. Lawrence” or Perseids will be around August 12.
Lastly, I have a very simple coloring page: St. Lawrence Coloring Page. My son doesn’t color all the time, but when there’s fun things like FIRE, I think he will enjoy the simplicity and freedom of the page.