With a shout out to the deacon friends of the Academy, we present today's station church for Lent, S. Lorenzo in Panisperna. St. Lawrence, as you may know, was a deacon of the church. When Pope Sixtus II was arrested he gave St. Lawrence and a few other deacons, the job of administering the church. St. Lawrence gave away all the material goods to the poor in Rome. At his subsequent arrest, St. Lawrence was asked to turn over the treasures of the church to the Roman magistrates. He went out and brought back the poor, saying that they were the true treasure of the church. For his supposed "insolence" St. Lawrence was tortured and executed by being roasted over a gridiron. Before his execution, however, he converted his jailer and the jailer's family to the faith. This seems to be a pattern...when the early Church martyrs were jailed, the preached the faith to their fellow captives and their captors alike, converting many prior to their death.