St Enda of Aran

Featured Saint: St Enda of Aran (Died 530)

St Enda was a warrior-king of Ulster, Ireland. He was converted to Christianity by his sister, an Abbess. It is said that he agreed to convert if she would introduce him to one of the girls in her convent. Sadly, a convent girl had just died, so she took him to see her body to, “force him to view the girl’s corpse and teach him that he would also face death and judgment for his warrior lifestyle”.

St Enda repented of his past and studied for the Priesthood in Scotland. He then returned to Ireland where he established many monasteries. At his Killeaney Monastery, monks lived a hard life of manual labour, prayer, fasting, and studying the Scriptures. His Aran Island monks lived in isolation in stone cells, slept on the ground, ate together but in silence, and survived by farming and fishing.

+In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen+

red-crosses-388193Short Story: It was before the Feast of the Passover and Jesus was having a meal with friends including Lazarus, whom he had raised from the dead.

During the meal, Martha anointed Jesus’ feet with an expensive aromatic oil. Judas, seeing what Martha had done, asked why the oil could not have been sold and the money given to the poor!

Jesus replied, “Leave her alone. She has kept it for the day of my burial. For you will always have the poor with you, but you will not always have me.” (John 12:7-8)

Thoughts: How sad to think that soon after this event, Judas betrayed Jesus, for just thirty pieces of silver!

Reflection: Lord Jesus, help us to rise beyond our human weakness and selfishness. Grant us the wisdom to overcome feelings of frustration and anger towards each other. Illuminate our sinfulness.

PrayerAnima Christi
Soul of Christ, sanctify me
Body of Christ, save me
Blood of Christ, inebriate me
Water from the side of Christ, wash me
Passion of Christ, strengthen me
O Good Jesus, hear me
Within Thy wounds Lord, hide me
Suffer me, not to be separated from Thee
From the malicious enemy defend me

In the hour of my death call me
that I may praise Thee with Thy Saints and Angels,
forever and ever. Amen.

St Enda of Aran:   Pray for Us

Today’s Music Suggestion: One Bread One Body

+In the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen+

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