The First Saint of Ireland
“Of all green Ireland’s saints, Ciaran of Saighir was first. Born on Cape Clear Island at the very beginning of the sixth century, his first years were spent in prayer and worship to a God whose name he did not know. Called to Rome, he traveled the long and dangerous journey to what was then the center of Christian studies. Sometime around 538, he was ordained a bishop and sent back to Ireland, encouraged by Saint Patrick, who promised to follow him. At Saighir, Ciaran lived as a hermit, but soon he gathered to himself not only a following of animals, but also many monks and nuns.”
Author’s Note from Saint Ciaran: The Tale of a Saint of Ireland
Today, March 5th, is the Feast of St. Ciaran. Thanks to Cay’s lovely suggestion, we read the story:
We all really enjoyed learning more about this little known Saint!
The boys were especially impressed by all the animals that befriended St. Ciaran. Rascal, who loves to draw, set to work on the following:
Well, I hope you all had a lovely day!! It was just BEAUTIFUL here!!!
St. Ciaran ~ Pray for us!
Prayer of Mothers
Father in heaven, grant me the grace to appreciate the dignity which you have conferred on me. Let me realize that not even the Angels have been blessed with such a privilege—to share in your creative miracle and bring new Saints to heaven. Make me a good mother to all my children after the example of Mary, the Mother of your Son. Through the intercession of Jesus and Mary I ask your continued blessings on my family. Let us all be dedicated to your service on earth and attain the eternal happiness of your kingdom in heaven. Amen.