Vigil of St. Lawrence
August 9, 2023
An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 9 of August, repeating indefinitely
In St. Lawrence we have a sensible demonstration how powerful the grace of Jesus Christ is which is able to sweeten whatever is bitter and harsh to flesh and blood. A lively faith like that of the martyrs would make us condemn the honors and pleasures of the world and measure the goods and evils of this life by the light and principles of faith alone. If we are dejected or impatient under troubles, indulge murmurs and complaints or call ourselves unhappy in them, it is evident that inordinate self love reigns in our hearts and that we seek our own inclinations more than the will of God. The state of suffering is the true test of our love by which we may judge whether in duties that are agreeable to nature we love the will of God or only do in them our own will.