Laurence was a deacon of the Church of Rome and died in the persecution of Valerian four days after Pope Saint Sixtus II and his four fellow deacons. He was buried on the Via Tiburtina at the Campo Verano near to where Constantine the Great built a basilica. He has been venerated throughout the Church from the fourth century.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, You inspired Saint Laurence with so ardent a love, that his life was renowned for the service of Your people and his death for the splendor of hi martyrdom. Help us to love what he loved and to live as he showed us. We pray this in the most precious name of our Lord Jesus Christ, You Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Jakarta, 10 August 2017
A Christian Pilgrim