The legend of Sant Ramón de Penyafort
A part of the beach Platja de la Mar Menuda is mystified by a legend which shows its influence in Tossa de Mar until now and is as vivid as the real story which has its roots in 1236.
Sant Ramón de Penyafort or Raymond of Penyafort how he is called in English, was at the time of the named event already the confessor of pope Gregory IX, played an important roll in the royal house of Aragon and was the author of the bull Rex pacificus, which all ecclesiastic legal scholars applied as a basis at that time.
When in 1236 Sant Ramón de Penyafort was on the way from Rome to the monastery Santa Caterina de Barcelona, he stopped on the beach Mar Menuda to spend some minutes by a dying peasant and to take the confession from him. This event was historically delivered and became finally the legend which shows its traces until today within the Roman Catholic population of Tossa de Mar and continues to live on.
When the ship with San Ramón on board approached Tossa, the "saint" who was spoken holy in 1601 had the feeling that a dying farmer needed his help right then. Time pressed and he had only few minutes left. There was not sufficient time to reach the main beach and to anchor there, so the rocks of the current bay Banyera de Ses Dones opened for San Ramón and the holy man could reach the beach in time with his small rowing boat and the dying man had his soul saved.
The sign of the cross which Sant Ramón de Penyafort made to forgive him his sins was burned in the rock by a lightning to remind Tossa's inhabitants of this event. And still today this cross is clearly visible bit which is nothing else than a formation of feldspar in granite rock and natural origin.
The veneration of the saint in Tossa leads not only to the fact that annually on the 23rd of January at 12 o'clock a mass in honour to the saint is hold on the Playa de Mar Menuda but the sea promenade got the name Avinguda de Sant Ramón de Penyafort, at the Banyera de Ses Dones there is a commemorative stone with de Goig of San Ramón and in the church San Vicenç in the Vila Nova visitors find a painting of the Catalan artist Javier Espínola who describes the legend very impressively.
The mental work of Sant Ramón de Penyafort, whose grave is in the cathedral of Barcelona was pursued by the philosopher Ramón Llull who is one of the biggest Catalan thinkers and who wrote some important books in Catalan.
More about Sant Ramón de Penyafort in Catalan.