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   Favorite Monks: Cuthbert

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Image: Cuthbert.  Cuthbert 

   (634-687 A.D.)         

(Also known as: St. Cuthbert, Saint Cuthbert) _______________

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By Monk Preston

        "So great was Cuthbert's eloquence, so keen his desire to drive home what he had begun to teach, so bright the light of his angelic countenance..."  

              -The Venerable Bede

       Shepherd Boy to Monk

     In 721 A.D., The Venerable Bede wrote his book, The Life and Miracles of St. Cuthbert, Bishop of Lindesfarne.   It is thought that Cuthbert was born around 634 A.D. in Northumberland.  From the time he was a little boy, he shepherded sheep in the mountains around Melrose Abbey.  

     Cuthbert became a monk about the age of 17 (651 A.D.) after seeing a vision at the time of Aidan of Lindisfarne's death, of angels taking a soul to Heaven.  The next day he found out that Aidan had died.  As a monk at Melrose Abbey, he was educated by Celtic Monks from Ireland.  

Love of God's Creation and His Creatures

     One of Bede's phrases implies that Cuthbert was not an ethnic Celt (some dispute this).  If not, Cuthbert was certainly very Celtic in his outlook, especially in his love of nature and animals.  

Many of the stories told about him involve animals, including an eagle and several otters.  The same can of course be said of Francis of AssisiFrancis' love of nature and God's creatures was even greater.  In these areas, Francis was even more Celtic than the Celts!

 Cuthbert is considered one of the world's first wildlife conservationists.  

     Cuthbert is considered one of the world's first wildlife conservationists.  He was concerned with protecting The Eider duck.  Also known as St. Cuthbert's duck (and familiarly in Northumbria as "Cuddy's duck"), they are often seen around Lindisfarne.  Perhaps this is a result of Cuthbert's efforts at protecting them. 



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Monk, Hermit, Bishop, Evangelist

  At one time in his life, Cuthbert had been a soldier.  He was at other times, both a monastery monk (cenobite), and a hermit monk (eremite).  Towards the end of his life, he became a monastic Missionary Bishop, following the example that had been set by St. Patrick.

     He had retired to the Island of Inner Farne as a hermit, where he was happy to have only seals, seabirds, and God for company.  In 685 A.D., he was made Bishop of LindisfarneLindisfarne was home to the Island monastery that Columcille (Columba) had sent Aidan to found.  

     While at Lindisfarne his efforts were concerned with evangelizing the people.  He traveled much, preaching everywhere with great energy.  After two years of preaching  and converting many to Christ, he retired again to his island hermitage on the island of Farne, where in that same year of 687, he went home to be with his Lord.  His body was returned to Lindisfarne for burial, as had been his wish.    ____________________________

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