Today is the feast of one of the Church’s original badasses, St. Lawrence.

The Martyrology has this to say about him (translation from New Liturgical Movement):

“At Rome, on the Via Tiburtina, the birthday of blessed Lawrence, Archdeacon, who fulfilled martyrdom in the persecution of Valerian, after many torments — imprisonment, various stripes, scorpions, rods and scourges and burning torches — being last of all roasted on a gridiron. His body was buried by blessed Hippolytus and Justin the Priest in the cemetary of Cyriac in the Campo Verano.”

Appropriate for cookout season!

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