In honor of today’s celebration of the Feast of St Lawrence, I decided to dig out and dust off a 2011 post from my old blog. I just love this guy. Deacon and martyr, patron saint of comedians and cooks. According to St. Ambrose, while St. Lawrence was being grilled, he told his persecutors: “This side is done – now turn and eat.” It didn’t get a ton of laughs, I bet, but his executioners probably talked about it for days. Might’ve even led to a conversion or three, who knows?
St. Lawrence probably said other things while cooking, which most likely included none of the following:
Happy feast day to all those named for this great saint! Now go grill something!
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(Art: The Martyrdom of St. Lawrence, by Valentin de Buologne, 1621-22)