The Laughter of Lawrence

You all may know the story of Saint Lawrence (+258) a Spaniard from Valencia, chosen in the very bloom of his early maturity by the intelligent and saintly Pope Sixtus II to be Archdeacon of Rome, in charge of distributing the wealth of the Church. Lawrence’s parents were martyrs – how soon after his birth we know not, but they must have had a good hand in raising the lad before their own witness.
Lawrence’s own sanctity shines through the ages and the legends told of him. In the persecution of Valerian in 258 – mentioned a few days ago –

Praise the Lord