Saint Lawrence Martyr (d.258)
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Saint Lawrence shows us that saints can be serious, funny, tactful and compassionate. When Lawrence gathered the poor and presented them to the authorities, he was confronting their greed and teaching them about Christianity's dedication to selflessly loving the poor. Saint Lawrence's stunt was likely one of the causes of his eventual martyrdom. Even as he died, Saint Lawrence maintained his dedication to Jesus, his joy from his Christian faith, and his unparalleled sense of humor. Tradition holds that, as he was being burned to death, Saint Lawrence shouted to his executioners, "Turn me over, I'm done on this side." In addition to his courage and fortitude, Saint Lawrence reminds us that the Christian life, no matter how hard and sad, is one filled with joy and humor.
Dear Jesus, help me to appreciate humor and see it as an indication of your celebration of creation. Help me to appreciate little joys even when life is hard.