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Lorenzo Ruiz was born in Binondo Manila between the years of 1600 and 1610 His father was Chinese and his mother was a Filipino just like him His parents were Christian and he was baptized with the name of Lorenzo after a Martyr during the third century His last name Ruiz was taken from the last name of his godfather In his younger years Lorenzo served at the convent of Biondo He learned Spanish and Catechism from the Dominican priests After several years he earned the title of notary He became a member of the Confraternity which is an organization devoted to the Blessed Virgin He soon married and had two boys and a girl Lorenzo then went on a ship to Japan to escape the chance of being caught by authorities that thought he committed a crime At this time there was a large amount of persecution against Christians People who believed in Jesus were jailed or put to death Thousands of people chose death over denying the belief in Christianity and of those people was Lorenzo Lorenzo went through a lot of pain for not denying his love of God He said I am a Christian and I will remain a Christian to the point of death He was told that if he didnt renounce his faith for God that he would be put to death Lorenzo chose his love for God and death over being set free and renouncing his faith in God On September 23 1637 he died in the hanging pit which was a form of persecution He was blessed on February 1981 at Luneta He was declared a saint on October 18 1987 in Rome His feast day is September 28th I chose this saint because I read about his life story and I was extremely astonished by his faith in God He inspired me to always have faith in God and never deny your love
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