Monday, September 28, 2015

September 28: Saint Lorenzo Ruiz

Saint Lorenzo Ruiz statue
at Saint John the Baptist Church
in Plaridel, Philippines
Photo by Ramon Velasquez

History

Saint Lorenzo Ruiz is the first Filipino saint. He was a devout married man with two sons and a daughter. He worked as a calligrapher, writing out official documents in beautiful handwriting. Lorenzo also helped out his church as a clerk and sacristan. Then he was a accused of a crime. Afraid of being sentenced to death by mistake, he traveled to Japan, where Christians were being persecuted. Lorenzo was scared, but in the end, he did not turn his back on God. He was hung upside down by his ankles for two days until he finally died. 

Activity


Calligraphy requires a special pen
and a lot of training to make
handwriting look like printed letters.
Saint Lorenzo made it clear that he was a Christian, even when it cost him his life. We are lucky that in most countries, Christians are free to openly worship Christ without fear. Because Saint Lorenzo was a calligrapher, write “I believe in Jesus!” in your best handwriting on a clean sheet of paper. Decorate the page any way you want. Then hang it over your bed. 

Saint Lorenzo Ruiz, pray for us!


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Last year, we learned about St. Wenceslaus and made delicious Czech-style fruit dumplings.