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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Saint Ninian and Saint Mungo - Aye Laddies!

 Pope Benedict arrived in Scotland today to begin his trip to the United Kingdom.  The trip will culminate with the beatification of Cardinal Newman, the famous Anglican convert.

In his homily, the Pope spoke to the Scots of their Catholic heritage, include the Saints Ninian and Mungo.  Who knew?  I love learning new things about our faith, including these saints who have faded into history.  Why do people have to try to come up with creative names for their children.  I'm sure if they dip into the lives of the saints, they'll find enough Christian names to fill the originality bill!

Here's a bit of the holy father's homily:
"Saint Ninian, whose feast we celebrate today, was himself unafraid to be a lone voice. In the footsteps of the disciples whom our Lord sent forth before him, Ninian was one of the very first Catholic missionaries to bring his fellow Britons the good news of Jesus Christ. His mission church in Galloway became a centre for the first evangelization of this country. That work was later taken up by Saint Mungo, Glasgow’s own patron, and by other saints, the greatest of whom must include Saint Columba and Saint Margaret. Inspired by them, many men and women have laboured over many centuries to hand down the faith to you. Strive to be worthy of this great tradition! Let the exhortation of Saint Paul in the first reading be your constant inspiration: “Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering and persevere in prayer” (cf. Rom 12:11-12)."
  (btw, many of the naysayers were speculating that few would show up to support the pope.  Early reports say that the crowds were in excess of 100,000)

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