RAMON LLULL (1315)
Ramon Llull: Ramon Llull was born of noble parents in Palma in about 1235 and spent his youth at the royal court serving as majordomo. As his awareness of the emptiness of the world increased, he joined the Franciscan Third Order and founded a college to teach Franciscan missionaries various languages, particularly Arabic, so that they could preach the Gospel to unbelievers.
He then spent nine years as a recluse and the next forty advancing the cause of Christ by founding seminaries and by serving as a missionary himself. In Bougie in Africa, he was stoned and left for dead, but some sailors took him on board their ship. He died as they sighted Majorca on June 19, 1315
Collect: Almighty God, you adorned Ramon Llull with a zeal for spreading the faith. Grant that, aided by his prayers, we may firmly keep until death the faith we have received by your grace. This we ask in the name of your Son Jesus Christ who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen.