In 258, in Rome, the martyrdom of St. Lawrence. He was one of the seven deacons in charge of the church’s goods and alms. He was martyred under Valerian four days after the martyrdom of Pope St. Sixtus (August 6). Later legend adds several charming stories. Lawrence sold the church’s goods and gave the money to the poor. When asked by the prefect of Rome to produce the church’s valuables, he pointed to the poor. When he was being broiled alive on a grill, he asked to be turned so the other side could be done.
About 590, St. Blaine, who was born on the Scottish island of Bute. He studied and became a monk in Ireland, then returned to Bute where he founded a monastery and became a missionary and bishop.
Our daily martyrology was written by Fr. Hugh Feiss, OSB. Copyright © 2008 by the Monastery of the Ascension, Jerome, ID 83338.