Born in Barcelona, Spain in 1175, St. Raymond of Peñafort had a tender love and devotion to the Blessed Mother from childhood. In his youth, he taught philosophy, and received his doctorate in canon and civil law. He then gave up all his honours and entered the Order of the Dominicans. He wrote five books of Decretals which are now a valuable part of the Canon Law of the Church. He is the patron saint of lawyers, specifically canon lawyers.