Saint Andre Bessette
Bulletin January 10, 2021

Raymond of Penafort


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Dolabella_St._Raymond_of_PenyafortSt. Raymond's Most Famous Miracle

St. Raymond became an illustrious civil and church lawyer and helped codify a collection of a century of church law. He is the patron saint of lawyers and was a worthy example of integrity and compassion in a profession sometimes not noted for either. The best application of church law restricts arbitrary power and personal whim and ensures the powerless and the poor have their rights respected. 

He angered a king by correcting his immoral behavior and was forbidden to leave the island to which he had travelled. Ship captains were threatened with punishment if they provided passage to Raymond, so taking off his Dominican cloak and rigging a makeshift sail with one end, he sailed to the continent on the other end.