"Cometh the hour, cometh the man," is a saying with which we are all familiar.
The counter reformation was in full swing, the council of Trent had just ended, when in the town of Brindisi, outside Naples, Laurence was born in 1559. He was educated by the Conventuals, a Franciscan order, and later joined the Capuchin order.
By all accounts Laurence was super intelligent and could speak all the major European languages by the time he was 16. It is said he also knew the Bible by heart.
Laurence preached all over Europe, teaching against the Reformation, winning many people back to the Church. His writings and homilies are still read today and his homilies alone run to 80 volumes in print. He is renowned for his clear sightedness in his preaching and for sound doctrine.