St. Raymond Nonnatus

Saint Raymond Nonnatus (1204 – 31 August 1240), was a Spanish Mercedarian friar who became known for his exceptional compassion and dedication to those in captivity. He earned the name “Nonnatus,” meaning “not born,” because he was delivered by Caesarean section after his mother died in childbirth. Raymond joined the Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mercy, dedicated to ransoming Christian captives from Muslim control. He served as a ransom captive himself, enduring harsh conditions and sharing his faith with fellow prisoners. Saint Raymond’s extraordinary devotion led him to minister to those in captivity, offering comfort and spiritual guidance. His feast day is celebrated on August 31st, and he is venerated as the patron saint of expectant mothers, childbirth, and those falsely accused. His life exemplifies unwavering faith, selflessness, and the willingness to endure suffering for the sake of others.


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