Friday, April 29, 2005

St Cronan of Roscrea

Mary Ryan D'Arcy's "The Saints of Ireland" says his feast day was yesterday. (The bit about "catching up" in the previous post applies not only to back issues of magazines.) However, this notice isn't from D'Arcy's book but from the handy little monthly missalette/prayer book called Magnificat that keeps you up to speed with the Pauline liturgy. (Or as up to speed as one can get in an ever-changing environment with an almost infinite number of options.)

Cronan, of Offaly, Ireland, founded a monastic community in Puayd. Thereafter, he moved from place to place fifty times so as to donate each dwelling he left behind to a needy hermit. Subsequently, he settled at Seanross to live in solitude, but later founded a monastery in Roscrea. Toward the end of his life he was afflicted with blindness. . . .On one occasion, lacking a beverage for his guests, he is said to have miraculously obtained by his prayers so much beer for them that they all became inebriated.

Now, now. Wipe that smirk off your face. It was a health issue. He was only interested in their long life and happiness. It says so here. Far be it from us to laugh in the face of science when it agrees with our preconcieved notions.