Saint Peter Armengol: Hero of Confidence

By TFP Student Action   
Saint Peter Armengol
Saint Peter Armengol, model of
confidence, was saved by the
Blessed Virgin Mary.

Saint Peter Armengol is a model of confidence. His life inspires everyone who, amid the crisis of the modern world, needs special graces from Our Lady to remain completely faithful.

From Gangster to Convert

Peter Armengol was born in Guardia dels Prats, a small village in the archdiocese of Tarragon, Spain in 1238. He belonged to the noble house of the barons of Rocafort, descendants of the counts of Urgel, whose ancestors were directly linked to the counts of Barcelona and the monarchs of Aragon and Castile.

Despite the great care taken by his parents regarding his education, young Peter gave himself over to a life of total dissipation, vice and caprice. “Abyssus abyssum invocat” (Deep calleth on deep), say the Scriptures. Thus Peter joined a gang of criminals who, pursued by Justice, led the life of bandits in the mountains. Soon, young Armengol became the leader of that gang.

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On account of his son’s bad behaviour, Arnold Armengol de Moncada moved to the kingdom of Valencia, recently conquered from the Moors by King Jaime.  This monarch had to embark on a trip to Montpellier in order to meet with the King of France on matters of interest to both crowns. To travel safely, he commissioned Arnold to go before him and rout the assailants who often robbed and killed travellers in the Pyrenees region.

At the most dangerous part of the journey, the retinue of the noble Spaniard saw itself surrounded by brigands. Arnold, with his troops, rushed at them, wounding some and apprehending others. He spurred his horse forward with sword in hand and urged his men to defeat the leader of the bandits. Indeed, Arnold himself was the first to engage the leader in hand-to-hand combat. Suddenly, grief came upon both noble and brigand, when they discovered their identity.  Bathed in tears, Peter prostrated himself at the feet of his father, delivered his sword and, with it, his heart.

Penance for His Misdeeds

Filled with shame, the repentant youth retired to a Mercedarian monastery in Barcelona. With an ardent desire to repair the injuries done to God, he become a monk in that religious order founded by Saint Peter Nolasco to ransom Catholics captured by the Mohammedans. He requested the habit with such insistence and gave such conclusive proofs of his vocation that he was received into the Mercedarian Order by the Venerable William de Bas, the French-born successor of the holy founder.

The disorderly passions were now conquered by Peter Armengol in religious life. He understood how to subdue them with such promptitude, through penance, mortification of the senses and continual prayer, that even before he reached the end of his novitiate he had managed to subject them to the dominion of his will and reason.

During the eight years of his profession, he was entrusted with the important task of dealing directly with the ransom of captives. He carried out this function in the provinces of Spain that were still in the power of the Saracens. Nonetheless, his greatest desire was to go to Africa and become a captive for the ransom of Christians.

On an expedition to that continent, he arrived in Bugia in the company of Friar William Florentino. There they ransomed 119 captives without any incident. However, before departing, Friar Armengol learned of a prison with 18 children who, impelled by the threats of punishments of the barbarous Mohammedans, remained in danger of denying the Faith. The religious happily offered himself as hostage for the ransom of the innocent captives. His release was promised in exchange for a stipulated sum.  But, if the payment did not arrive within the set time, he would suffer harsh punishments. Divine Providence had disposed that this man of God would thus give proof of his special confidence in the omnipotent mediation of the Blessed Virgin, to whom he was deeply devoted.

Flaming Torch of Confidence

In captivity, Friar Armengol worked prodigies of charity among the infidels, converting many by the efficacy of his preaching. The time prescribed for the delivery of the money came and passed without the payment being made.  The infidels threw him in prison and even denied the food necessary for his sustenance, but Our Lord, by means of His angels, miraculously provided for his survival.

Tired of tormenting him, the Moors conspired to take his life. They accused him of blaspheming Mohammed and of being a spy sent by the Christian kings, thus raising the ire of the Saracen Judge who condemned Friar Peter to death by hanging.

When everything seemed lost, Friar Armengol prayed to Our Lady and confided in her.

The unjust execution was carried out and Peter’s body was left hanging from the gallows. The Moors wanted his corpse to feed birds of prey.  Thus, the holy man’s body remained suspended. Six days had elapsed when Friar William arrived with the ransom money. Learning what had happened, he went with great sorrow, in the company of some captives, to see the lamentable sight. Reaching the site of the execution, he noticed that the body did not emit a bad odour, but rather exhaled a heavenly fragrance. To their astonishment, Friar Armengol spoke, telling them that the Blessed Mother saved his life. Astounded by the stupendous miracle, some pagans converted to the Catholic religion.

Conversation with the Queen of Angels

Learning of the portentous miracle, Barcelona impatiently awaited the return of the unconquerable martyr of Jesus Christ. In the city, they received him with great joy, escorting him from the port to his monastery, giving thanks to Our Lord for His marvels. The religious wanted to hear from Friar Peter’s mouth what had happened, but despite their earnest pleas, he would not speak. Finally, the superior ordered him to tell all that had occurred.  Obedient, the man of God spoke: “The Virgin Mary, Mother of God and our own mother, asked her Most Holy Son to conserve my life; having obtained this favour, this same sovereign Queen sustained me with her most holy hands, so that the weight of my body would not hang upon the rope by which I was suspended.”

For the rest of his life, Friar Armengol had a twisted neck and a pale completion, authentic signs of what had taken place. He retired to the monastery of Our Lady de los Prados, where he practiced heroic virtue and spent his days in familiar conversation with the Queen of Angels, whom he loved so dearly with filial devotion.

Recalling the miracle of his hanging, he frequently told the religious of the monastery of this marvel: “Believe me, my dear brothers, that I do not believe myself to have lived except for those few but most happy days when, hanging from the gallows, I was held to be dead.”

He rendered his soul to God on April 27, 1304. Our Lord deigned to give proofs of the glorification of His servant with seven miracles, the cures of three men and four women, even before his death. On March 28, 1686 Pope Innocent the XI approved the public cult to the saint and, in the eighteenth century, Pope Benedict XIV inscribed Saint Peter Armengol in the Roman Martyrology.

The Tomb of the Saint

Today the remains of Saint Armengol can be found in Guardia dels Prats. The small village still preserves much of its medieval character: tortuous, narrow stone-studded streets; buildings that recall old palaces or noble residences; and a charming Romanesque–style church.

The body of Saint Peter Armengol was preserved incorrupt until 1936. During the Spanish Civil War, however, communist marauders invaded and sacked the church, carrying off his venerable body to the public square where they burned it.  Some children gathered up what they could of these ashes and took the precious remains to their homes, where their mothers kept them with great care. Later, after the communists were vanquished, the precious relics were returned to the church, where they are kept in a reliquary over the main altar – largely forgotten by “progressive” Catholics – in silent testimony of the sanctity of the Catholic Church and Christian Civilisation.

In our times of profound moral crisis, let us ask Saint Armengol to obtain for us before the throne of God, graces of unbending fidelity, unwavering hope and heroic confidence in the powerful intercession of Our Lady.

Source: Cf. Abbe Rohrbacher, Histoire Universelle de l'Eglise Catholique, vol. 20, Gaume Freres Libraires, Paris, 1845, pp. 40-43.

 

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+24 # Helene Meikle 2011-04-26 12:02
Yes, this Saint is a true witness for his faith in Our Lord Jesus Christ and His Most Holy Blessed Mother. Saint Peter Armengol turned from a evil person to a true believer in Christ. In JMJ and All His Saints and Angels ! Amen !
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+24 # Gavin 2011-04-26 12:08
Lovely article and an amazing account of a saint. How lucky to be able to meet the Mother of Our Lord.
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-41 # Andrew J. Pogorzelsk 2011-04-26 12:24
Unfortunately, your action is very disturbing to me. How can I trust what you are writing now, centuries after beatification. I can not understand your action, how you can judge, based on questionable facts.
This man was judged, possibly by smarter people then your. It's wrong, in my opinion, to even think that people at those times were not so clever as you and we are.
I would like to know source of information given by you in this email about this saint ASAP.
I will share my thoughts with other friends whom I was recommending your website.
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+12 # Father Joshua Maria 2013-01-22 04:43
Quoting Andrew J. Pogorzelsk:
Unfortunately, your action is very disturbing to me. How can I trust what you are writing now, centuries after beatification. I can not understand your action, how you can judge, based on questionable facts.
This man was judged, possibly by smarter people than you. It's wrong, in my opinion, to even think that people at those times were not so clever as you and we are.
I would like to know source of information given by you in this email about this saint ASAP.
I will share my thoughts with other friends whom I was recommending your website.

Andrew, your question and doubts are contradictory, since you recognize that this saint was beatified, the information will have been well-guarded down through the centuries, as all Church history is. Might your disbelief be based on your own lack of faith in God, His saints, and your own suffering without knowing how to offer it to our God?
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+3 # Lea 2013-01-22 17:15
"...possibly by smarter people then your." With all respect, but, really? You complain that someone isn't smart and then mess up simple, basic English? Really?
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+1 # Bernadette Sneed 2013-01-22 17:28
"This man was judged, possibly by smarter people then your"... Sorry but your diatribe smacks of prejudice & a very real ignorance of church history & facts when it comes to declaring a saint. You should read of the process 1st before judging. It may help you in more ways than one.
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+3 # Bernadette Sneed 2013-01-22 17:31
One of the most informative ways to learn, review & refresh oneself on the faith is to read the life of saints on a daily basis. From their examples, their words we learn everything: The very real and manifest love of God, the true actions of charity, the guardians against self-love, etc. I enjoy reading of saints that I'm not familiar with as well as reading my old favorites. It is the best tool used to help converts and the best tool to gain converts!
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0 # mike bourgeois 2013-01-23 20:34
Andrew, your comments are in search of the truth. Joan Carroll Cruz, a 3rd order Carmelite in New Orleans wrote a book called "The Incorruptibles," a compiling of the scientific analyses that verify the miraculous incorruptness of the bodies of over 100 Catholic saints and beata. It is great reading. Read about research on the Miracle of Lanciano, a Host turned flesh over 800 years ago when a monk consecrating it doubted it was the body of Christ. It has AB type blood, as does the Shroud of Turin. Other Eucharistic miracles exist. Read research on Blessed Juan Diego's tilma, still incorrupt, he wore when speaking to Our Lady of Guadalupe. To verify that He was Risen and was God, after Pentacost, people laid the sick alongside roads, for an Apostle's shadow passing over them cured them. The ancient Church converted many through these miracles. Pity, not so much today's church. Scientifically verified miracles. As powerfully convincing today as back then.
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+16 # José Díaz Maqueo 2011-04-26 12:25
I greatly appreciate the decision to spread the wonderful biography of a great, but not a very well known saint. I want to point out his patronage of confidence, mainly because, as it reads in the last paragraph of the article, it is highly necessary in our world of profound moral crisis. Our Lady is constantly interceding before her Beloved Son, Our Lord Christ, to take care of this suffering humanity, and, through confidence, He will not deceive us.
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+25 # Sergio F. De Paz 2011-04-26 12:44
The Saint of the Day should be mandatory reading for all Catholics, including (Others). It should also be read to members of the family, specially grand-children. St. Armengol's story is extremely UP LIFTING. This kind of heroism, destroys today's wishful thinking method of "Dialogue".
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+23 # Miguel Cortez 2011-04-26 13:21
Oh, Holy Mother of God, Mary ever Virgin, We beg you: May your divine son Jesus never take off his sweet glance from our souls, hearts and lives. Amen.
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+20 # Mark Brandon Howie 2011-04-26 13:27
This is a great story of how God took a man who was living for the world and used him mightily for his kingdom.

This story is somewhat similar to the story of Paul.

It is great that God in three persons which are the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit protected Armengol with the Holy Angels to keep him from death in the hanging, and to encourage others including believers by the demonstration of God's awesome power.

Our God is indeed an awesome God.
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+2 # Anna 2013-01-22 12:55
These were the hands of the Blessed Virgin Mary that held him in the air and thus prevented him from choking.
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+25 # Elise M. Delaney 2011-04-26 14:05
I pray for the intersession of St. Peter and the Blessed Virgin for unwavering hope for my son in prison.
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+2 # Anna 2013-01-22 12:58
This real story must be very consoling to you.We'll pray with you for your son too.
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+2 # Tout 2013-01-22 23:41
ELISE M I pray to the Blessed Lady for your son.
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0 # Patsy 2013-01-23 21:23
Me too! God bless you!
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+32 # Sr. Catherine Marie 2011-04-26 14:08
St. Peter Armengol gives witness to what our Blessed Mother will do for us if we only have confidence in her protection. With such a Mother, we never have any reason to be afraid.
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+27 # Patricia Schrichte 2011-04-26 15:13
Saint Peter Armengol and my beloved Mother Mary, Please lead my son and daughter back to our Lord and make them strong in their Catholic roots. I place them and their sons in your Holy hands.
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+2 # Tout 2013-01-22 23:46
SCHRICHTE I will pray for your family
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+2 # CoJoGolesh 2011-04-26 15:44
[quote name="Andrew J. Pogorzelsk"]
I would like to know source of information given by you in this email about this saint ASAP.

Source: Cf. Abbe Rohrbacher, Histoire Universelle de l'Eglise Catholique, vol. 20, Gaume Freres Libraires, Paris, 1845, pp. 40-43

Not sure what you're looking for??
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+23 # myriam Hollant 2011-04-26 15:56
I believe in the goodness of our Mother Mary and her intercession to her Divine Son Jesus our Lord .
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+7 # Bonita Byrnes 2011-04-26 17:38
I have been the recipient of miracles and DO Believe. Thank you, God! Thank you, Most Holy Mother! What a witness! I will treasure this story for as long as I can recall it... I put my husband and our marriage in Your hands Lord, and in the hands of Our Mother.
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+6 # Susanne McDonald 2011-04-26 19:38
Thank you for printing this uplifting store of St Peter Armengol. It truly gives me hope; since mine has been weak lately. Please pray for me and ask St Peter Armengol to be an advocate to me.
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+4 # mary 2011-04-26 19:47
I never heard of St. Peter Armengol. What a story!! It's in line with Francis of Assisi. I am bowled over by it. And, yes, it's going to take guts.
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+2 # R. A. Watson, M.D. 2011-04-26 20:00
Today - 26 April - is the Saint Day of yet another Saint Peter - San Pedro de San Jose Betancur

http://www.americancatholic.org/features/saints/saint.aspx?id=1357
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+6 # Caroline 2011-04-26 20:45
Thank you for this great testimony of a saint who overcame worldly temptations. I pray St Peter's intercession for all our children, grandchildren and young people who have strayed from the way of the Lord.
There is always hope in Jesus and the Blessed Mother.
+PAX
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+3 # Joe Cober 2011-04-26 21:18
I pray for your son.
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+4 # caroline 2011-04-26 22:24
This saint is for today's time. I pray that he will intercede for Mexico and that Mexican people will pray to him, here in the USA and Mexico and that we all join and pray for our neighbor to free the people from bondage with our blessed mother in Jesus Holy Name.
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+3 # Dolores 2011-04-26 22:44
In time of trouble we need to pray to God and the saints for support.
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+2 # Amani Hera 2011-04-27 07:37
Marvelous indeed. What a great God we serve & what a treasure we have in our Mother Mary. This story gives us great hope for hardened sinners amongst us such that we need never despair of them repenting & returning to the Lord. That even after a life of great sinfulness we can still die incorruptibly- my prayer. Amazing! God be praised.
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+5 # M Rosaline Holloway 2011-04-27 15:48
I pray to St Peter Armengol and my beloved Mother Mary for my children to
return to their Catholic Faith, through the Grace of God my health in my walking improves.
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0 # Tout 2013-01-22 23:53
HOLLOWAY I say a prayer for your children
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0 # Tout 2013-01-22 23:56
HOLLOWAY I will pray for the good of your children
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+1 # patricia cohoon 2011-04-27 21:07
The Angels were overjoyed when he repented and his life story brings hope. How wonderful our Mother Mary is and how great is our God. I would appreciate it if any of you would say a prayer for my brother-in-law who was taken ill this morning that Mary will ask her Son to heal Gene.
Thank you,
Patsy
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0 # Tout 2013-01-22 23:59
COHOON I will say a prayer for your brother-in-law.
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+1 # conrad mojuntin 2011-04-27 22:09
I pray to the Immaculate Heart of Mary through St. Peter Armengol,that all my sons & daughters, son-in-law & daughters-in-laws, & grandchildren may be reformed to become fervent & ardent Roman Catholics, that one day we will all be gathered in Heaven to honour, praise & adore God,the Holy Trinity, in eternity & to honour Mother Mary in eternity.
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0 # Tout 2013-01-23 00:02
MOJUNTIN I will say a prayer for your intention
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+1 # M. Pletikosa 2011-04-27 23:04
The story about Peter Armengol, a rich man, then a leader of bandits, then a monk and at the end a well known saint, demonstrates that God accepts sinners, bandits, criminals changing their life style, becoming saints. A nice and very important story for all of us.
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+2 # Kelly 2011-04-27 23:45
As a teacher in a juvenile detention center where some of my students are convicted felons, I pray that those students may find solace and hope in the lives of saints such as St. Peter Armengol.
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0 # Tout 2013-01-23 00:04
KELLY I will say a prayer for your students
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+1 # Milagres Pereira 2011-04-28 07:47
Thank you guys for printing this beautiful and very edifying piece. God bless you for this. St Peter A.pray for us.
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+2 # Milagres Pereira 2011-04-28 07:49
Thank you guys for this beautiful and edifying piece. God bless you. St. Peter pray for us.
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+2 # Brother Daniel Bowen 2011-04-28 09:02
Prayer to Saint Peter Armengol, religious and martyr

April 27

We praise you, Saint Peter Armengol, for your glorious martyrdom. Your years of strict repentance and burning charity, after a dissolute youth, were the result of your unbounded love for Christ Crucified and that love which God and Mary, our Mother, bestowed on you. Help us in times of trouble and gain for us the constant help of Mary. We recall when Moslems hung you from a tree for hatred of the Christian faith. We remember how she held you for three days in her own arms and saved you from death. May she be with us in our final hours!
We, too, have sinned deeply, but like you we want to change: show us how to be faithful in God's service and to be zealous for the salvation of souls.
Obtain for us a love for prayer, penance, and our neighbor, to rejoice with you and all the saints in eternity. Amen.
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+2 # Jennifer DeFillippo 2011-04-30 06:50
Dearest St. Peter Armengol,
You truly were a witness to the power of Our Blessed Mother's intercession before Her Divine Son. May we, still pilgrims in this sinful world, follow your illustrious example of faith, hope & charity, even in times of extreme stress, that we may never lose our love for the Holy Trinity or for the Holy Mother of God! May we always have confidence in Her ~ St. Peter, please pray for us all.
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+2 # Elizabeth Mafnas 2011-05-02 00:33
Saint Peter Armengol, may we, the people of the island of Guam, USA, through your example, be sanctioned with faith, hope and charity. Bless our island community with love and peace always.
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+1 # Nancy Cosgrove 2011-05-21 13:18
How extraordinary. Thank you so much for sending us this wonderful story of St. Peter. How we silly sinners need to be reminded of God's immense power and Our Lady's sweet grace, Grant us holy confidence St. Peter. Pray too, for an end to abortion.
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+2 # Jenni 2011-05-25 22:34
WOW, WOW, WOW! I love saints stories, but this might be the best one I've heard (although Saints Damian and Cosmos is close). What faith! I only pray that mine could be a grain of his...
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+2 # Peter Simoes 2011-07-09 22:40
Praise God for His steadfast love & unceasing Divine Mercies. May Our Lady who guided St. Peter Armengol, also touch the lives & intercede for similar youth, criminals and those who are far away from the Kingdom of God.
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0 # Robert Oerther 2013-01-21 12:28
Excellent testimony of the power of God and the Ransom of the Captive.
Yes we are Graced by God to do the Impossible. Or We are endowed by God with Grace to do the impossible. Yes, even obtain our salvation by His Grace and in cooperation with His Grace to help our fellow man to do the same. Wonder of Wonders.
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+1 # Frankie Rudometkin 2013-01-21 16:46
What a beautiful story... Ah to be held up literally by the The Virgin Mary mother of Jesus and our mother. Although she's probably held us up many times figuratively.

Thank you.
Keep up the Good Fight.
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0 # Desia Joseph 2013-01-22 12:19
Thank you for this inspiring story of reformation and transformation. How we need to hear about men and women. How we need these role models for our own lives. Very appreciative.
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0 # Ronald Chu 2013-01-22 12:24
A very moving story of a great saint in our Church. Our blessed Mother in heaven, please pray for us sinners.
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0 # Maria Cristiano 2013-01-22 12:29
Thank you for this beautiful story. It gives me great hope for the youth of today and the world of tomorrow.
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0 # Maurice Kane 2013-01-22 12:35
The story of Saint Peter Armengol's depredations, redemption, courage, faith and eventual martyrdom resonates in contrast with contemporary narratives of materialism, relativism, and pride in brazen deviance and defiance.
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0 # Anna 2013-01-22 13:11
Very inspiring life of this saint.It has happened to me in life too that Mother Mary
came to my help when I needed it most.By my negligence I caused injury to my infant child & when I saw it; in despair I called
to Heaven for help. By the time I came with her to be seen by a doctor even the physical sign of the injury disappeared and no consequences ever showed up. Thank you Mother Mary ! Anna
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0 # Deacon Bill Nagle 2013-01-22 13:20
What a beautiful story of God's saving grace and our Lady's intercession. Truly she intercedes for us to this very day.
Hail Mary, full of Grace!!
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0 # Connie Bigelow 2013-01-22 13:46
I enjoyed the story so much having never heard of St. Peter Armengol. It would be wonderful if priests would tell a short story of the day's saint at morning Mass. We had one priest who did that on a regular basis after a short homily on the Gospel reading. God bless you!
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+1 # Mike 2013-01-22 13:54
The Order that Saint Peter Armengol was a member of, the Mercedarians is also called the Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mercy. They have a Fourth Vow. This line describes their Fourth Vow. "One of the distinguishing marks of the Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mercy is that, since its foundation, its members are required to take a Fourth Vow to die for another who is in danger of losing their Faith. The Order exists today in 17 countries." Amazing. A friend is discerning joining the third order of the Mercedarians.
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0 # maria wennink 2013-01-22 14:07
Beautiful story. Mama Maria is always there for us! i ask her help all the time and never in vain! God bless you for this story.
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0 # Julie Pierce 2013-01-22 14:30
I love reading about the saints. This is a new one for me. Awesome!!!!!!!!! Thanks.
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0 # Thomas Takash 2013-01-22 14:33
Saint Peter Armengol, please ask Our Lady to pray to her Son for the return to the Catholic Church of our children and their families. Also ask Our Lady to place my wife under the protection of her Mantel, asking Jesus for her healing and salvation.
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0 # Debbie Pear 2013-01-22 14:59
If you have given your heart to Jesus, like St. Margarite Marie of Alacoque did, Jesus himself holds you and loves you with his own heart, the Sacred Heart of Jesus in you. It's a Divine exchange. Our God is so merciful, that He provides according to all we need, above and beyond all we can think of.
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0 # Judy Skapik 2013-01-22 15:10
Wow...this is truly a great saint!
May we do even the tiniest of actions that he did to serve our Lord and His most Blessed Mother. Save us oh Lord although we don't deserve your love, we want it desperately. Blessed Mary watch over us, your children.
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0 # Kathleen Klamert 2013-01-22 15:26
What a moving story. Such a blessed event. What a shame his body was burned. That was brave of the children to gather up his ashes to keep until they could be united at the church. This is a very powerful testimony to the power of God & the Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus & our mother. May Saint Armengol, along with the help of our Father & Mother Mary cleanse the immorality of this world, & give people the morals & true Family Tradition values that God demands.
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0 # Kenneth G. Galica 2013-01-22 16:39
Very beautiful and inspiring.
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0 # Dave Mattozzi 2013-01-22 16:54
Thank you for an inspiring and uplifting story. God Bless St. Armengol. Holy Mary full of grace have mercy on us!
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0 # Don Schwab 2013-01-22 19:58
Our Blessed Mother is definitely the refuge of sinners who call on her - the story enforces all we expect from Our Mother for those working for her Son.

Peace & all good
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+1 # Kate 2013-01-22 20:09
St. Peter's 'Ardent desire to repair the injuries done to God',
has given me the encouragement I so needed to hear today.
The word REPAIR to me means that my relationship with God can be mended if I truly desire to do His will.

Thank you for this story!!!
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+1 # Peter Lepre 2013-01-22 22:37
It is so amazing and beautiful, to read the lives and stories of the Saints. Saint Peter Armengol, is definitely a Saint for our time. It is always important to know how active Our Blessed Mother is in our lives, and to ask for her intercession. May we call on Saint Peter Armengol to ask Our Blessed Mother to guide us as we fight the culture of death. Thank you, God bless.
Peter Lepre
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+1 # Alan Olivier 2013-01-23 06:51
A great story and a great saint. Amazing how God works and how he chooses least likely people to bear witness to the truth.
God bless all his angels and all the saints.
Bless be the most Immaculate Heart of Mary for ever and ever.
Thank you.
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+1 # Louis Lerma 2013-01-23 10:10
The actual story of St. Peter Armengol just adds to the list of Saints that were brought back to God. It shows how merciful and Loving our Blessed Mother and God is. When I read the stories of our Saints that lived a "lost" life, it renews my faith when I am down in this life and realize that I should never give up and continue to have faith in spite of my sinful nature. Our Blessed Mother brought me back to our Catholic Faith 24 years ago after living a life of revelry.
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0 # Curt 2013-01-23 20:45
I had never heard of this saint nor of such a miracle. This story is inspiring, and one to tell other Catholics, especially the progressives like those in Spain who have forgotten about his reliquary.
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0 # Janice Lima 2013-01-24 00:30
Wow. A great story.
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0 # Carol Fitzgerald 2013-01-24 19:55
I too pray daily to our Blessed Mother to bring our children back or Her Son, our Lord. My daughter (the only one to follow her Catholic faith) decided to divorce herself from our family, talked her three brother to do the same. We did not see our grandchildren grow up; we missed 2 weddings.I thank God daily for my Catholic religion because this is the only way we got through this.
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0 # Carol Fitzgerald 2013-01-24 19:57
I love stories about the Saints...it gives me great hope!
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0 # Joan 2013-01-24 22:14
I always appreciate your stories about lives of saints. I had never heard of St. Peter Armengol. I have asked him to pray for a granddaughter who is having troubles in her life. Thank God and our Holy Mother for giving us examples of their great love for us.
St. Peter Armengol, pray for all youth who are severly tempted in today's society.
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