Turn Me Over, I’m Done On This Side!

"St. Lawrence Giving the Wealth to the Poor", an oil on canvas painted in the 1580s by Palma Giavane

Those of you who, like me, spent your aimless youth slathered in Coppertone and languishing on a hot beach in a vain attempt to get a suntan will appreciate this story.  *     *     *     *     * St. Lawrence, one of seven deacons who served under Pope Sixtus II, died on August 10, in 258 A.D.  According to legend, he was “roasted” alive on a grill—but maintaining his good humor to the end, he is reputed to have said during his ordeal, “Turn me over.  I’m done on this side.”  *     *     *     … [Read more...]