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Beato Ramon Llull

Spain is a country largely influenced by the Catholic church. The impact of religion here may be somewhat diminished when compared to, say, fifty or a hundred years ago, but most children in Spain are still baptized in church, most brides still get married in church and most families still bury their dead in cemeteries following church rites. There’s nothing wrong with that; I am simply stating a reality, even though the trend is one of slow decline.

You may be interested to know, then, that today, November 27th, the Catholic church celebrates a total of 27 saints, amongst them persons such as San Acario de Noyón, San Basileo, Beato Bernardino de Fossa, Santa Bilhildis, Beato Bronislao Kostowski, San Eusicio, San Jacobo Interciso, San Laverio, San Leonardo and San Primitivo. The one I am most interested in is Beato Ramon Llull (Raymundus Lullus). This Mallorcan born writer, philosopher, hermit, martyr and missionary also was a Tertiary Franciscan, and the founder of a seminary college which, in turn and through the centuries, turned into the UIB University in Palma. Ramon Llull was beatified, blessed and sanctified in 1857 by Pope Pius IX.

Palma’s UIB university uses Ramon Llull as their patron figure and as such, celebrates November 27th as a special festive day in honour of the great man. As this day falls on a Sunday this year, festivities will be celebrated tomorrow, November 28th, instead. I understand that no lectures will be given tomorrow and no classes will be held either.

The photo was borrowed from the Internet, courtesy of Wikipedia.org. Thank you very much.

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  1. My name is Rebecca Lull (Mrljak) and I believe St. Ramon is my ancestor. While I know very little of him; I have, from time to time, researched a bit online. When my father passed away some 10 years ago, I inherited two books. One is green fabric and is in English; the other is much older, and in an old world language not familiar to me. I know very little about it and have always wondered. It was purchased for my father by my great grandfather while abroad in the late 19th century. I would love to “pick your brain” and would be happy to send photographs of the books and various pages for you to examine, if you would be interested. I can be reached via email at rsmrljak(at)yahoo.com.
    I have enjoyed your blog very much.

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