Wed 31 Aug, 2011
Tags: Benedictine Sisters, Relic Chapel, Sister Ramona, St. Ramon, St. Raymond Nonnatus
Sister Ramona shares her thoughts about her patron saint, St Raymond Nonnatus….
Before I was given the name Sister Ramona at my First Profession, I don’t recall knowing about St. Raymond Nonnatus, my patron, but feel blessed and protected by him.
When born in Spain in 1204, he was taken from his mother’s womb after she died. Thus, giving him the name Non (not) Natus (born).
When at Clyde assigned to help Sister Priscilla renovate the niches of the saints we have in our Relic Chapel, I saw the relic of St. Ramon (St. Raymond). The photo of him revealed a padlock and the Blessed Sacrament.
The padlock was to signify that he was so successful in preaching about Christ and having slaves released in Algiers that the Mohammedan authorities had his lips pierced and locked with a padlock. He even offered his life in place of a hostage who could not pay for his freedom.
Legend has it that when dying of fever on the way to Rome, angels gave St. Ramon Holy Communion as nourishment.