Lorenzo, the Unintentional Missionary and Martyr

Today is the feast of Saint Lorenzo Ruiz (+1637), born of a Chinese father and a Filipino mother, raised well in the Catholic Faith which had been brought to the Phillippines by Dominican priests, at whose Masses he would serve. His beautiful handwriting landed him employment as an escribano, an ecclesiastical scribe and calligrapher (would we had such jobs nowadays). He married, settled down, and was raising three children when he was mysteriously accused – falsely it seems – of killing a Spaniard, so he sought asylum aboard a ship with some Dominican priests, which was on its way to

Praise the Lord

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Pope John Paul II’s Homily for the Beatification of Lorenzo Ruiz

HOLY MASS FOR THE BEATIFICATION OF LORENZO RUIZ
HOMILY OF THE HOLY FATHER JOHN PAUL II
Manila (Philippines)
Wednesday, 18 February 1981
 
Dear brothers and sisters in the Lord,

The City of Manila and all the Philippines are filled with joy on this day as they sing a hymn of glory to Jesus Christ. For, according to his Gospel promise, Christ is truly acknowledging, in the presence of his Father in heaven, those faithful martyrs who acknowledged him before men[1]. And because of the nearness of Luneta Park to old Manila “intra muros”, the hymn of glory to God which has just been sung by

Praise the Lord

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