ST. WILFRID, BISHOP.
FEAST DAY: OCTOBER 12TH
The following is from the book: PICTORIAL LIVES OF THE SAINTS, compiled from "BUTLER'S LIVES AND OTHER APPROVED SOURCES, BENZIGER BROTHERS, 1899:
"A quick walker, expert at all good works, with never a
sour face"—such was the great St. Wilfrid, whose glory
it was to secure the happy links which bound England
to Rome. He was born about the year 634, and was trained by the
Celtic monks at Lindisfarne in the peculiar rites and usages of the
British Church. Yet even as a boy Wilfrid longed for perfect conformity in discipline, as in doctrine, with the Holy See, and at
the first chance set off himself for Rome. On his return, he founded at Ripon a
strictly Roman monastery, under the rule of St. Benedict. In the year 664 he
was elected Bishop of Lindisfarne, and five years later was transferred to the
see of York. He had to combat the passions of wicked kings, the cowardice of
worldly prelates, the errors of holy men. He was twice exiled and once
imprisoned; yet the battle which he fought was won. He swept away the abuses of
many years and a too national system, and substituted instead a vigorous
Catholic discipline, modelled and dependent on Rome. He died October lath, 709,
and at his
death was heard the sweet melody of the angels conducting his soul to Christ.
REFLECTION.—To look towards Rome is an instinct planted in us for the preservation of the faith. Trust in the Vicar of Christ necessarily results from the reign of His love in our hearts.
MORE ON SAINT WILFRED FROM BUTLER'S LIVES OF THE SAINTS