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August 31st: St. Raymond Nonnatus, religious

Gospel text (Mt 25,31-40): «Whenever you did this to these little ones who are my brothers and sisters, you did it to me» Jesus said to his disciples, «When the Son of Man comes in his glory with all his angels, He will sit on the throne of his Glory. All the nations will be brought before him, and as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, so will He do with them, placing the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

»The King will say to those on his right: ‘Come, blessed of my Father! Take possession of the kingdom prepared for you from the beginning of the world. For I was hungry and you fed me, I was thirsty and you gave me drink. I was a stranger and you wel¬¬comed me into your house. I was naked and you clothed me. I was sick and you visited me. I was in prison and you came to see me’.

»Then the good people will ask him: ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and give you food; thirsty and give you drink, or a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to see you?’. The King will answer, ‘Truly, I say to you: when¬ever you did this to these little ones who are my brothers and sisters, you did it to me’».

Illustration: Pili Piñero

Today we remember St. Raymond Nonnatus (1204-1240). He is called unborn because he was not born like any other child, but was surgically taken out of his dead mother's womb. In Barcelona he joined the Order of Mercedarians. He traveled to Africa where he dedicated himself to the attention of the captives of the Berbers pirates trying to protect them and their faith from the dangers. He even had to endure prison himself and the torture of having his lips sealed for eight months with a padlock to prevent him from preaching.

- Look around you: there is still a lot to do! Jesus is waiting for you there.

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